Depot de la Marine

Rare Antique Nautical Chart of Port Jackson, Australia (Sydney)


Port Jackson (Australie) Levé en 1857 sous la direction du Capitaine H.M. Denham de la Marine Royale Anglaise. Publié au dépôt des cartes et plans de la Marine sous le ministère de son excellence Mr. le Cte. de Chasseloup-Laubat ... en 1861 [1869]


Rare and early large Gold-Rush era nautical chart of Port Jackson (Sydney, Australia) published by France's Depot de la Marine in 1861 (last corrections in 1869) based on the 1857 British Admiralty survey made under the command of Captain Denham. Large early nautical charts of Sydney / Port Jackson are very scarce. No record of a sale of this large chart (British or French) is found in the Antique Map Price Record. Includes a elevation view of Port Jackson as seen from offshore.

In his analysis of the accuracy of early charts of Sydney Harbor, Mulhearn noted:
"The 1857 British Admiralty survey was carried out by Hutchison under the direction of a Captain Henry Mangles Denham F.R.S. who had been tasked with surveying parts of the south-west Pacific in HMS Herald. The chart of this survey, engraved in 1859, had the high soundings density one would expect with a modern hydrographic survey and it clearly marks a significant departure from earlier mapping efforts of Sydney Harbour. The area covered was from 1.5 miles (2.4 km) seawards of the harbour entrance west to Five Dock Bay. However sounding densities were relatively sparse west of Cockatoo Island, where a new dry dock, Fitzroy Dry Dock, was opened in late 1857. The survey and initial chart production took approximately two months." Online.

The total population of Sydney and its suburbs in 1861 is estimated at 95,000 persons.

CREATOR: Depot de la Marine



BODY OF WATER: Sydney Harbor

CONDITION: Very Good.  Overall clean and bright with no holes, stains or other issues. Top margin has been archivally reinforced from verso outside the neatline. Hard to find this chart in any condition but doubly so in this excellent condition.

COLORING: None except lighthouses are highlighted in yellow.

ENGRAVER: Chassant

SIZE: 41 " x 27 "




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