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Half-price: The Old & New Home Stations. Chevalier c1874.

Half-price: The Old & New Home Stations. Chevalier c1874.

by Chevalier, Nicholas

Antique print of Bontharambo - early pastoral wealth development at Wangaratta in Victoria. In colonial Australia large country properties are still known as stations. 

The larger slab building (at right) completed in 1843, followed by the magnificent homestead designed by Thomas Watts. Docker was innovative and progressive in cultivating olive trees for oil production and white mulberries for silk worms. He established 70 acres of grape vines, employed winemakers and won medals for his wine. His sheep provided wool, and meat for the nearby goldfields. His orchard also became a commercial venture with lemons, mandarins, oranges, and many other varieties of fruit and vegetables. 

Original steel engraving c1874 by Arthur Willmore (1814-1888) after a drawing by Russian-born artist Nicholas Chevalier (1828-1902) who arrived in Australia in 1855. Chevalier's brother managed the vineyards at Bontharambo. Chevalier was an illustrator in Melbourne and a respected landscape artist.

Joseph Docker and his wife Sarah arrived in Australia from England in 1828. After five years as chaplain of St Matthew's church in Windsor, west of Sydney, Joseph resigned from the ministry to become a farmer. Inspired by the explorations of Major Thomas Mitchell, Docker set off for Port Phillip in 1838, with his wife Sarah, five children, a niece, two female servants, and at least fourteen men. They took with them all their household possessions, farming equipment, 3,000 head of cattle, horses and bullocks, one four-wheeled wagon, two tilted carts, a light cart and gig, and supplies for an eight-month trip.

After crossing the ' mighty' Murray River they reached the Ovens River in Victoria. With the imminent birth of their baby, Joseph selected a run where there was already a slab hut that had been abandoned after problems with the local aborigines. When his workmen left for the gold rushes in the 1850s, Docker's kindness to the indigenous community resulted in their working for him at 'Bontharambo'.

Price reduced for marks around margin of this engraving. Page 20 x 28cm. Image 12 x 18cm (4 3/4 x 7 inches)

Stock Number: BDapCBonhPrice: $60.00