Sheet VIII Chart of the West Coast of Australia.
1872 (dated) 33 x 21 in (83.82 x 53.34 cm)
1 : 1900000
An extremely rare 1872 British Admiralty nautical chart or maritime map of western Australia by Phillip Parker King. The map covers southwestern Australia roughly from Exmouth Gulf to modern day Albany and the Point King Light, including the city of Perth. This chart constitutes a major chapter in the mapping of western Australia. It was originally surveyed by King between 1818 and 1822. King's mission was to fill in the gaps in exploration left by Matthew Flinders. The present edition features updates by Commander John Lort Stokes (1842), John Septimus Roe (1855), and Captain Henry Mangles Denham (1859). The chart includes De Witt Land, Endracht Land, Edel land, Leeuwin Land, and Nuyt Land. The coasts of Nuyt and Leeuwin Lands are drawn from the work of Flinders with few updates. This edition of the map is notable for its inclusion of the 1859 mapping of Sharks Bay by Captain Henry Mangles Denham. Today Sharks Bay is a World Heritage site known for its Stromatolites, considered the oldest lifeforms on Earth. Despite many improvements, much of the coast, particularly north of Shark's Bay, remains only ghosted in and remained only tenuously known. Updates subsequent to 1859 are limited to magnetic variation.
This map was printed by John Walker for the British Admiralty Hydrographic Office as chart number 1056. The original seller for this chart appears to have been J. D. Potter, of King Street, Tower Hill, London. It subsequently found its way to Melbourne, Australia, where it was sold by Blundell and Ford, Agents for the sale of Admiralty Charts. All examples of this chart in all editions are extremely rare. We have identified no other examples of the present 1872 edition. Two examples of the 1842 edition, after the Stokes updates, are known, one at the National Library of Australia, and another at the State Library of New South Wales.
Richard Collinson (November 7, 811 – September 13, 1883) was an English naval officer, marine surveyor, and Arctic explorer. He was born in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England, then part of Durham. He joined the Royal Navy in 1823, at age twelve, and rose in the ranks, becoming a lieutenant in 1835, commander in 1841, and captain in 1842. Collinson was a highly capable captain. He participated with distinction in the First Opium War. After the war he completed a series of pioneering surveys of the China coast from the Yangtze River to Hong Kong. These he completed between 1842 and 1846 while serving as commander of the HMS Plover. In 1850, he was sent north in command of the HMS Enterprise to search for survivors of the Sir John Franklin expedition. Although he came quite close, he never found Franklin's lost men and returned to England without success. Nonetheless, he was honored by the Royal Geographical Society for his surveys in the Arctic and proof that it was navigable from the Behring Strait to King William's Land. Collinson was Knighted in 1875, the same year in which he retired from active duty with the rand of Admiral. Collinson died in September of 1811.
The British Admiralty Office (1795 - Present) or the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office refers to the Branch of the English government that is responsible for the command of the British Navy. In 1795 King George III created the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, known in short as the U.K.H.O., to provide top notch nautical charts to the vast Royal Navy. Prior the founding of the Admiralty the surveying and creation of nautical charts was primarily a commercial venture wherein the cartographer himself, more of than not, actually financed the printing of his own material. The great navigator Cook himself is known to have scrambled for funds to publish his own seminal charts - the most important and advanced of the period. The system of privately funded nautical mapping and publishing left vast portions of the world uncharted and many excellent charts unpublished. King George III, responding significant loss in trade revenue related to shipwrecks and delay due to poor charts, recognized the need for an institutionalized government sponsored cartographic agency - the Admiralty. The first head of the Admiralty, a position known as Hydrographer, was the important cartographer Alexander Dalrymple. Dalrymple started by organizing and cataloging obtainable charts before initiating the laborious process of updating them and filling in the blanks. The first official Admiralty Chart appeared in 1800 and detailed Quiberon Bay in Brittany. By 1808 the position of Hydrographer fell to Captain Thomas Hurd. Hurd advocated the sale of Admiralty charts to the general public and, by the time he retired in 1829, had issued and published some 736 charts. Stewardship of the organization then passed to Rear Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort. It was under Beaufort's administration that the Admiralty truly developed as a "chart making" as opposed to a "chart cataloging" institution. Beaufort held his post from 1829 to 1854. In his 25 years at the Admiralty Beaufort created nearly 1500 new charts and sponsored countless surveying and scientific expeditions - including the 1831 to 1836 voyage of the H.M.S. Beagle. By 1855 the Admiralty's chart catalog listed some 1,981 charts.
John Walker (1787 - April 19, 1873) was a British hydrographer and geographer active in London during the 19th century. Walker published both nautical charts and geographical maps. His nautical work is particular distinguished as he was an official hydrographer for the British East India Company, a position, incidentally, also held by his father of the same name. Walker's maps mostly published after 1827, was primarily produced in partnership with his brother Charles Walker under the imprint J. and C. Walker. Among their joint projects are more than 200 maps for the influential Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge Atlas (SDUK). In addition they published numerous charts for the British Admiralty, including Belcher's important map of Hong Kong. The firm continued to publish after both Walker's died in the 1870s.
Very good. Some soiling at bottom.
National Library of Australia, 961974. OCLC 225446789. Perry, T. M. and Prescott, D. F. , A Guide to Maps of Australia in Books Published 1780 – 1830, 1825.A05.