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Brisbane River with depth soundings. Heritage Editions John Oxley map (c1823).

Brisbane River with depth soundings. Heritage Editions John Oxley map (c1823).

by Oxley, John

Plan de la Riviére Brisbane (Nouvelle Hollande) Découverte par M. OXLEY, Ingenieur Géographe au Port Jackson (Décembre 1823.) Chart of the Brisbane River (New Holland) Discovered by John Oxley, Geographical Engineer at Port Jackson, December 1823.

Print from a Limited Edition of 750. Reproduction from a copperplate engraving by Ambroise Tardieu, drawn by Hacq, for Louis Duperrey’s “Voyage autour du Monde…” published in Paris circa 1824. A narrative of Duperrery’s voyages that included charts of newly surveyed regions, this was the first publication of Oxley’s map of the Brisbane River - complete with depth soundings.

In 1823 Lieutenant John Oxley was sent north from Sydney in search of a suitable site for the extension of the settlement of Port Jackson. He was commissioned to explore Moreton Bay, Port Curtis and Port Bowen, which had been discovered in 1799 by Matthew Flinders. Oxley then returned to Moreton Bay and carried out expeditions along the Pine River and Brisbane River and the adjacent country. He reported that “a fine river of major proportions has been discovered in northern New South Wales, New Holland” and that “the river is navigable a full 40 miles upstream and looks certain to be opened up for development".

Soon after charting the Brisbane River John Oxley was appointed Surveyor-General of the Australian colony then known as New South Wales, and the Moreton Bay penal colony was proposed for the following year. When the Moreton Bay colony was established this chart by Oxley was highly regarded for its accuracy and scope of detail.

To the map border measures 500 x 740mm (19.75 x 29 inches). Paper size is 570 x 815mm (22.5 x 32 inches). This picture is not clear. It is crisp black and white. The map is also available with geographical features highlighted with hand-colour (previous item).

Stock Number: HE320Price: $55.00

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