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- Object: THE FIRST CITY or A New Plan for Port Jackson
Map of Port Jackson based on an original plan dated 1788, designed as an architectural proposal to show a new plan of Port Jackson, based on a protracted study of both primary and published sources and actual site conditions in New South Wales and Tasmania. Original map shows locations of fresh water. Relief shown by bathymetric soundings. Stamped '430'.
"As an architectural design, The First City proposes an entirely new interpretation of Port Jackson immediately prior to the arrival of Phillip's convoy in January 1788. Notwithstanding, I make no claim to be anything more than a solo architect sympathetic to the recognition of Aboriginal Australia as a civilisation of profound intent."--Author's notes.
"Extent to (9,144 m) 5 fathom contour coloured thus."--At right of title.
"To be read with accompanying A1 (text), 1/7/2010-2/5/2013. Knockabout-Walkabout (TM), PWBM, Arch. S.W.R. 2431."--Bottom margin.
Includes extracts by John Hunter in "An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island", dated 1793 and about Thomas Scott in the Hobart Town Gazette (extract of voyage to South Cape), dated 21/10/1826, also, extracts from journals of James Cook reflecting on meeting and interacting with Aboriginal Australians.
British Museum copy is accompanied by author's notes, based on his Keynote Address to The Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand's Conference, Newcastle, NSW, July 2010. To be read in conjunction with plan.
Based on map originally published: Plan of Port Jackson New South Wales : Lat. 33° 50' S. Long. 151°.25' fr. Greenwich variation of the compass 7°.54' E. 1788 / by Capt John Hunter ; J. Reid & W. Harrison sc. [London] : Published as the act directs by J. Stockdale, August 10th 1789, Scale 1:60,802. Scale of 13 1/2 Nautic miles.
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Height: 59 centimetres
Width: 83.50 centimetres
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