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East coast of Australia; Tacking Point and Coffs Islands, to Evans Head

Date: 1866-1954
Dimensions:
Overall: 980 x 670 mm, 17.3 kg
Medium: Steel, copper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Transferred from Department of Customs and Excise
Classification:Tools and equipment
Object Name: Engraving plate
Object No: 00028473
Place Manufactured:London

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    Description
    This engraving plate was used to print the chart 'East Coast of Australia; Tacking Point and Coffs Islands, to Evans Head'. It represents only a small section of Australia's 37,000 kilometre coastline. The final printed chart evolved from multiple surveys starting from Captain Cook's first charting of the east coast of Australia in 1770, and including changes as late as 1954.

    Between 1864 - 1865 the coast was surveyed by Commander Frederick W Sidney of the Royal Navy, assisted by E P Bedwell and J T Gowlland. It was drawn by A J Boyle of the Hydrographic Office, and published at the Admiralty in 30 July 1866.
    SignificanceThis engraving plate is significant for its association with charting the coasts of Australia in the 19th century.
    HistoryBefore the establishment of the Australian Hydrographic Service in 1920, surveys of the Australian coastline were undertaken by the Royal Navy. The first Hydrographer to the Admiralty, Alexander Dalrymple, was appointed by King George III in 1795 to review naval difficulties in navigation. The Australian colonies funded ongoing surveys until the 1880s, and a cost sharing system continued through to the 1920s.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: East coast of Australia; Tacking Point and Coffs Islands, to Evans Head

    Primary title: East coast of Australia; Tacking Point and Coffs Islands, to Evans Head

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