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South Eastern Australia

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South Eastern Australia : J. Betts

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A decorative and scarce map from "The London Series Of Modern Maps" published by John Betts. The series title appears above and below the map of south eastern Australia, which appears with both an inset map of part of south Australia a continuation westward, and a large scale inset map of Adelaide, showing its grid pattern. The title "London Series" would appear to imply that these maps were separately issued, however, the map also appeared in the "London Modern Atlas". The map is set within an elegant floral surround. This interesting map shows "Australia Felix" prior to the establishment of Victoria and the Colony Of New South Wales pre statehood. The newly established city of Adelaide had been named in honour of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, queen consort to King William IV, and was founded in 1836 as the planned capital for a freely-settled British province in Australia. Colonel William Light, one of Adelaide's founding fathers, designed the city and chose its location close to the River Torrens, in the area originally inhabited by the Kaurna people. Light's design set out Adelaide in a grid layout, interspaced by wide boulevards and large public squares, and entirely surrounded by parklands as such, this is one of the earliest available plans of the city.
mapmaker: J. Betts
place and date of publication: London 1848
medium and colour: lithograph, Original colour
size in mm: 340 by 410mm (13.5 by 16.25 inches).
ref: 42051

Price: £ 500

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