Trigonometric survey of Port Jackson

Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell1853/1853

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum
Sydney, Australia

Sir Thomas Mitchell's trigonometric survey of Port Jackson compiled in 1853 from eight separate sheets. The survey documents a broad view of the harbour including Manly, Middle Harbour and Balgowlah on the north side, Rose Bay and Double Bay on the eastern side, Paramatta River on the western side and the city centre of the southern side.

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  • Title: Trigonometric survey of Port Jackson
  • Creator: Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell
  • Date: 1853/1853
  • Location: London
  • Type: Chart
  • Significance: A detailed chart showing the extent of settlement and amount of maritime infrastructure built around Port Jackson by the mid 19th Century. The great rarity of this map is due to a very small original circulation and a poor survival rate on account of its large proportions. Mitchell probably saw the publication of such a large and important survey as vindication of his term as Surveyor General. It stands as the grandest and most impressive of all the 19th century maps of New South Wales, recording the colony during the gold rush years and whilst the harbour was still the focus of settlement.
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  • Medium: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 2161 x 1650 mm
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection