1841 Western Australia (Reproduction)


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Reproduction map showing the tracks taken by Captain George Grey on his fateful expedition from Sharks Bay to Perth along the coast with descriptive text.

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There are four inset maps, one as per title above (Gantheaume Bay to the River Arrowsmith) also with detailed descriptions, a Plan of Port Grey or Champion Bay Surveyed by Captn Wickham R.N. 1840 and Peel Harbour Surveyed by Lnt J.S. Roe 1839. (This shows soundings of Warnboro Sound and Peel Harbour). ‘The soundings are reduced to low water. The tides are very irregular, being principally influenced by the wind and do not generally rise more than three ft seldom more than four. Land winds between and NE and SE and sea breezes from W. by N. to S.W. prevail in summer. Gales of wind may be expected during winter, commencing in the N.W. and veering to S.W. The longitude is adapted to the position of Arthur’s Head at entrance of Swan River calling its flag staff in 115 degrees 44 min 15 inches east. Variation allowed 5 degrees West’.

Grey’s second expedition left Perth in 1839 with the intention of exploring the North-West Cape. Again his goals were not realised: he was thwarted, first by the loss of one of his three whale-boats and most of his provisions, then by the wrecking of the remaining boats and supplies. A 300-mile trek back to Perth ensued, during which Grey and all but one of his men survived on whatever food they could scavenge from the land. Despite the tremendous hardships, again Grey achieved most important results: he discovered the Gascoyne River, the Murchison River, the Lyell, Victoria and Gairdner ranges.

John Arrowsmith was born in 1790 and came to London about 1810.  He helped his cousins Aaron and Samuel and his uncle Aaron in their business.  He started on his own account in 1823 working from 33 East Street, Red Lion Square and also from 35 Essex Street, Strand.  Later, on the death of his cousin Samuel in 1839, he moved into the family house in 10 Soho Square.  He retired from a fully active participation in the firm about 1861 but continued to revise some of his earlier work.  His address was Hereford Square, Kensington, from which address he issued a map of Australia in 1862.  In all, including revisions, he produced well over four hundred maps.  He operated in a similar manner to his uncle, compiling maps for Hansard and the royal Geographical Society’s Journal, and occasionally for other publisher, eg Burr’s American Atlas (1839) and Grey’s Journal (1841).  He reissued some revised versions of his uncle’s large maps but in the main he concentrated his efforts on perfecting his London Atlas, first published in 1834 which he constantly revised and improved as edition succeeded edition.  This was in the normal atlas size.  Also like his uncle his interest was largely on foreign discovery and he produced many fine and up-to-date maps particularly of Australia and South Africa, incorporating the latest information.  He was one of the founder members of the Royal Geographical Society and received in 1863 a gold medal for his services to geography.  He was also an agent by appointment for the sale of Ordnance maps.  He died at his house in Hereford Square in 1873 aged 83 years leaving unpublished some fine maps of the Australian Colonies and other countries, his stock of maps, plates and manuscripts being sold at public auction in 1874.

Dimensions 62 × 50 cm
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Map and Chart of the West Coast of Australia from Swan River to Shark Bay including Houtman’s Abrolhos and Port Grey from the Surveys of Capt. Grey, Wickham, King and from other official documents

Dimensions with Mount

86 x 74cm


Originally Published in London 1841

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