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1832 Royal Geographical Society Map of Western Australia

Western Australia from the Latest Documents received in The Colonial Office 1832. - Main View

1832 Royal Geographical Society Map of Western Australia


One of the Earliest Maps of the Colony of Western Australia


Western Australia from the Latest Documents received in The Colonial Office 1832.
  1832 (dated)     15.25 x 13 in (38.735 x 33.02 cm)     1 : 1094400


This 1832 Royal Geographical Society map of Western Australia is one of the earliest printed maps of the newly established Colony of Western Australia, hitherto known as the Swan River Colony. The map encompasses the area north of Perth and south coast beyond Albany. The mapping of the interior reveals the first European efforts to explore the region.
The Explorers
The map's key defines the tracks of six separate expeditions. These include that of the Surveyor General John Septimus Roe, who made the preliminary surveys for the Swan River Colony in 1829; Ensign R. Dale, whose explorations inland of Perth revealed promising agricultural and pastoral areas; Capt. Bannister, who surveyed the coast from Albany to Pt. Nuyts and explored inland there; Lt. Preston, who executed an overland survey from the Canning River to Pt. Nuyts, and a coastal expedition from there to Peel Town and Cape Bouvard. The tracks of Capt. Collie and Currie, show more involved explorations in the vicinity of Pt. Nuyts and Albany. All their tracks are well annotated with sightings, land formations, streams, and descriptions of the qualities of the land with regard to their fertility and suitability for colonization.
Publication History and Census
OCLC lists only one example of the map in the National Library of Australia. We are aware of only a few that have come on the market in the past fifteen years.


Royal Geographical Society (fl. 1830 - present) is a British Society established in 1830 to promote geographical science and exploration. Originally titled the "Geographical Society of London", the RGS received its royal charter from Queen Victoria in 1859 shortly after absorbing several similar but more regional societies including the African Association, the Raleigh Club and the Palestine Association. The RGS sponsored many of the most important and exciting voyages of exploration ever undertaken, including the exploration of Charles Darwin, David Livingstone, Robert Falcon Scott, Richard F. Burton, John Speke, George Hayward, H. M Stanley, Ernest Shackleton and Sir Edmond Hillary. Today, the RGS remains a leading global sponsor of geographical and scientific studies. The Society is based in Lowther Lodge, South Kensington, London. More by this mapmaker...

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Royal Geographical Society, 'Journal of the Royal Geographical Society' 1832 no. 2. (London, Walker)    


Very good condition. Original fold lines. Faint offsetting. Left margin trimmed close but complete.


OCLC 222257740. Not recorded in Tooley.