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Atlas of Bundaleer Plains and Tatala

CollectionsANU Press (1965- Present)
Title: Atlas of Bundaleer Plains and Tatala
Author(s): Rothery, Frederick Montague
Date published: 1970
Publisher: Canberra, ACT : Business Archives, Australian National University in association with Australian National University Press
Just why Frederick Montague Rothery drew the Atlas o f Banda leer Plains and Tat ala is uncertain. But he has left a record of a huge nineteenth-century Queensland pastoral holding that is charming, possibly unique, and of real interest and value. Each of the maps is an attractive watercolour, its delicate brushwork and fine lettering showing in meticulous detail the area depicted: its soil, vegetation, buildings, fences, and dams. Rothery{u2019}s mapmaking is a fascinating blend of the medieval and the modern cartographer{u2019}s art: in part perspective drawing, in part planimetrically exact. The record Rothery has left, apart from its intrinsic artistic merit, is also valuable as evidence of pastoral and economic development in the nineteenth century; in addition, modern scientists have been able to identify in the Atlas a prior-stream course of practical use for present-day evelopments such as the locating of underground water and of gravel for roadmaking. This book should find a ready audience not only among economic historians, geographers, and cartographers but also among all those attracted by unusual Australiana."Showing the runs of Messrs Davenport and Fisher in Maranoa District, Queensland, and Warago District, N.S. Wales, 1878."--original title page.


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