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Customs House, Eden, Twofold Bay Australia

Date: 1855
Overall: 240 x 330 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Name: Lithograph
Object No: 00030875
Place Manufactured:London
Related Place:Eden,

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    This print shows the Customs House and two smaller buildings at the settlement of Twofold Bay in Australia. The Customs House documented records concerning vessel arrivals, departures and cargo movements in the Bay, which was established as a whaling settlement in 1843. This print was produced in England from drawings made by the artist while visiting a friend in Twofold Bay in 1854.
    SignificanceThis picturesque scene is an early record of an Australian whaling settlement.
    HistoryBenjamin Boyd hoped to build a bustling development in Twofold Bay. He founded two settlements there, first the port at Boyd Town and then the whaling station at East Boyd. During building construction and the establishment of the whaling station the manager in charge of operations was noted marine painter, Oswald Brierly, who observed and recorded the whaling activities.

    In 1849, Boyd’s investments had financially collapsed and he left Australia with his extensive plans for Twofold Bay not reaching full fruition. Many operations at the settlement stopped but the whaling station continued and became the longest operating shore station in New South Wales, only closing in 1930.

    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Customs House, Eden, Twofold Bay Australia

    Web title: Customs House, Eden, Twofold Bay Australia

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