1934 (1971) Admiralty Chart – Australia Northern Portion


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Admiralty Chart of Northern Australia charting the area from Quobba Point in the North West to Hervey Bay Queensland in the North East; north to Bali, the South East of Borneo, Sulewesi, Timor and the whole of New Guinea, The Admiralty Islands, New Britain and New Ireland and the Louisades

London Published at the Admiralty 28th December 1934 under the Superintendence of  Captain J A Edgell GBERN, Hydrographer. New Editions Large Corrections 26th Feb 1937, 7th May 1943, 18th June 1948, 1st April 1955, 31st March 1961, 3rd March 1967 with small corrections to 1970 and hand annotated correction to 1971

The Hydrographic Office of the Admiralty was founded in 1795. Alexander Dalrymple who had been hydrographer to the East India Company was appointed its first director. Between 1797 and 1803, Captain Bligh of Bounty fame, was employed as hydrographer, and took over direction when Dalrymple became ill. Capt. Thomas Hurd R.N. was in charge from 1808 to 1823, and during the latter part of his term made the official charts available to the Merchant Marine. He appointed George Thomas, a young man in his twenties, as Head Marine Surveyor. William Parry was Hydrographer from 1823-1829 and was succeeded by Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort 1829-55.

On the succession of Rear Admiral John Washington’s as the Admiralty’s hydrographer between 1855 and 1863, a series of agreements were drawn up with the Australian colonies to help solve the frequency of shipwrecks, severely hampering communication  These agreements provided boats and crews for use by officers, lent from the Royal Navy, to chart the coasts and shoal waters of the approaches to the rapidly developing towns.

It had been the discovery of gold, and the consequent rush of miners and emigrants, from England and California that had added greatly to the numbers of ships sailing to Australia’s east coast. This led to numerous petitions being made to Her Majesty’s Government to chart all approaches to Australia, to make for safer passage for shipping.

Dimensions 68 × 100 cm
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Australia – (Northern Portion) and the Adjacent Islands and Seas South of the Equator Compiled from Information in the Hydrographic Department to 1934 #2759a


The Admiralty, London

Date Published

Originally published in 1934 with corrections to 1971.


Excellent Condition. Principal lighthouses are indicated.

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