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Chart Track Alexander Port Jackson engraving Shortland 1789

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A Chart of the Track of the Alexander on her homeward passage from Port Jackson


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Antique print relating to Australia


'A chart of the track of the Alexander on her homeward passage from Port Jackson on the eastn. coast of New South Wales to Batavia; performed in the year 1788 under the direction of Lieut.t John Shortland by Thomas George Shortland' Shortland was appointed naval agent to the transports of the First Fleet, it was his responsibilty to ensure that the contracts for transport were fulfilled as planned. After remaining at Port Jackson until 14th July he sailed for England in the Alexander, carrying the first dispatches of Governor Phillip to the secretary of state. The Alexander was accompanied by the Borrowdale, Prince of Wales and Friendship. On the home voyage Shortland discovered and charted many islands and reefs, including the dangerous Middleton Shoal and sighted the Solomons. Ref : Tooley, 1587. Laid onto Japanese tissue.

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artist Thomas George Shortland & J. Stockdale
method Copper-line engraving
date 1789
size 265mm by 360mm (image)
SKU AU4020