Victoria Australia antique map Weekly Dispatch Atlas 1863


Victoria Australia antique map (showing Melbourne as Port Phillip.) Original  lithograph by Edward Weller, F.R.G.S. Published in the Weekly Dispatch Atlas, 1863. Original hand-colouring executed prior to publication. A nice example of a Victorian antique map. Paper size is approx. 19 x 13.5 inches. Clear of foxing but with folds (not creases) where newspaper was put through letter-box!

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Victoria antique map. Original lithograph by Edward Weller, F.R.G.S., of the Australian State of Victoria, with the state capital, Melbourne, here named as Port Phillip. Published in the Weekly Dispatch Atlas, 1863. Original hand-colouring executed prior to publication.

Port Phillip (also commonly referred to as Port Phillip Bay or (locally) just The Bay), is a large bay in southern Victoria, Australia; it is the location of Melbourne, the State capital.

Edward Weller(1 July 1819 – May 1884) FRGS was a British engraver and cartographer who was one of the first to produce maps using lithography.

Lithography (from Ancient Greek λίθος, lithos, meaning ‘stone’, and γράφειν, graphein, meaning ‘to write’) is a method of printing originally based on the immiscibility of oil and water. The printing is from a stone (lithographic limestone) or a metal plate with a ball grained surface. It was invented in 1796 by German author and actor Alois Senefelder as a cheap method of publishing theatrical works. Lithography can be used to print text or artwork onto paper or other suitable material.

Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) is a prestigious Fellowship granted by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) that is open to those over the age of 21 who can demonstrate:

  • A sufficient involvement in geography or an allied subject through publications, research or professional experience.
  • At least five years of continuous commitment to the Royal Geographical Society as an Ordinary Member.

Candidates for fellowship must be proposed and seconded by an existing fellow unless they hold teaching or research positions in higher education. Current fellows include Michael Palin, Josh Bernstein, and Joanna Lumley. Former fellows include Ernest Shackleton and many other notable explorers and geographers.

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