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The Gap, South Head

Date: 1862
Dimensions:
Sheet: 137 × 188 mm
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Art
Object Name: Engraving
Object No: 00039576
Related Place:South Head, South Head,

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    Description
    A black and white print depicting a view of The Gap, South Head at the entrance to Sydney Harbour.
    Titled 'The Gap, South Head', the image was originally published in Frederick Terry's 'Landscape Scenery' in 1862.
    SignificanceThis image is part of a series of engravings that are signifcant in documenting the changing face of Sydney Harbour over the 19th century, including reflecting the hazards of commercial and other types of shipping in the area.


    HistorySouth Head stands at the entrance of Sydney Harbour, one of the most famous harbours in the world. It is a place of great beauty yet also of great danger and was the setting for two devastating shipwrecks in 1857, the DUNBAR and the CATHARINE ADAMSON. The Hornby Lighthouse, not seen on the angle depicted in this image, also known as South Head Lower Light, was constructed on South Head in 1858as a consequence of the disasters.

    Today, as in 1862, the Gap is a popular walking spot for tourists and locals as it offers scenic views out to sea and back towards the harbour.

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