Sydney Harbour Trust Bird’s Eye View of the Port of Sydney [with report]


Approaches to Sydney Harbor from the east.

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The Sydney Harbor Trust was organized by the Parliament of New South Wales in 1901, largely in response to an outbreak of bubonic plague that wreaked havoc amid the city’s shipping facilities. Labeled ‘a blessing in disguise’ in the trust’s handbook, the disease facilitated the public takeover of privately owned wharves that allowed for more efficient management, greater infrastructure investment, and, ultimately, significantly higher tonnage of freight to enter and exit the harbor.

These improvements were ongoing in the early 20th century and are showcased in this beautiful bird’s eye view of Sydney’s Harbor, designed by Harbor Trust engineer William Henry Withers. It was originally published in the 1913 (second) edition of the Official Handbook, a copy of which is included.

The image is oriented with west at the top and notes depth soundings, shipping channels, navigation beacons, and other maritime features of interest. Pictorial topography emphasizes various geographic features, but the iconic Opera House wouldn’t be open for another sixty years! The accompanying volume includes other bird’s eye views and panoramic photographs that highlight infrastructure developments across the harbor.


Map Details

Publication Date: 1913

Author: William Henry Withers

Sheet Width (in): See Description

Sheet Height (in): See Description

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Large folding map disbound from original report (a copy of which is included). The upper right quarter was roughly removed and repaired on the verso with archival tape. Several areas of separation along the fold lines have been repaired on the verso with archival tape, resulting in minor image loss. One other fold-out is also disbound, with a 3" closed tear (repaired). The accompanying volume is intact and complete, but suffers from a broken spine and gutters. Good to very good overall.


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