[Album of Eight Original Watercolours and Ten Ink Drawings of Queensland, Australia, and Norfolk Island, showing Somerset Station, Albany Pass, Rockhampton, Mantuan Downs, Lansdowne Homestead on the Ward River, the Pitcairn Islanders’ Settlement in Kingston etc.]. PACIFIC - AUSTRALIA - QUEENSLAND, NORFOLK ISLAND.
[Album of Eight Original Watercolours and Ten Ink Drawings of Queensland, Australia, and Norfolk Island, showing Somerset Station, Albany Pass, Rockhampton, Mantuan Downs, Lansdowne Homestead on the Ward River, the Pitcairn Islanders’ Settlement in Kingston etc.]
[Album of Eight Original Watercolours and Ten Ink Drawings of Queensland, Australia, and Norfolk Island, showing Somerset Station, Albany Pass, Rockhampton, Mantuan Downs, Lansdowne Homestead on the Ward River, the Pitcairn Islanders’ Settlement in Kingston etc.]
[Album of Eight Original Watercolours and Ten Ink Drawings of Queensland, Australia, and Norfolk Island, showing Somerset Station, Albany Pass, Rockhampton, Mantuan Downs, Lansdowne Homestead on the Ward River, the Pitcairn Islanders’ Settlement in Kingston etc.]
[Album of Eight Original Watercolours and Ten Ink Drawings of Queensland, Australia, and Norfolk Island, showing Somerset Station, Albany Pass, Rockhampton, Mantuan Downs, Lansdowne Homestead on the Ward River, the Pitcairn Islanders’ Settlement in Kingston etc.]
[Album of Eight Original Watercolours and Ten Ink Drawings of Queensland, Australia, and Norfolk Island, showing Somerset Station, Albany Pass, Rockhampton, Mantuan Downs, Lansdowne Homestead on the Ward River, the Pitcairn Islanders’ Settlement in Kingston etc.]
[Album of Eight Original Watercolours and Ten Ink Drawings of Queensland, Australia, and Norfolk Island, showing Somerset Station, Albany Pass, Rockhampton, Mantuan Downs, Lansdowne Homestead on the Ward River, the Pitcairn Islanders’ Settlement in Kingston etc.]
[Album of Eight Original Watercolours and Ten Ink Drawings of Queensland, Australia, and Norfolk Island, showing Somerset Station, Albany Pass, Rockhampton, Mantuan Downs, Lansdowne Homestead on the Ward River, the Pitcairn Islanders’ Settlement in Kingston etc.]
[Album of Eight Original Watercolours and Ten Ink Drawings of Queensland, Australia, and Norfolk Island, showing Somerset Station, Albany Pass, Rockhampton, Mantuan Downs, Lansdowne Homestead on the Ward River, the Pitcairn Islanders’ Settlement in Kingston etc.]
[Album of Eight Original Watercolours and Ten Ink Drawings of Queensland, Australia, and Norfolk Island, showing Somerset Station, Albany Pass, Rockhampton, Mantuan Downs, Lansdowne Homestead on the Ward River, the Pitcairn Islanders’ Settlement in Kingston etc.]
Visual Primary Source of Colonial Queensland and Norfolk Island.

[Album of Eight Original Watercolours and Ten Ink Drawings of Queensland, Australia, and Norfolk Island, showing Somerset Station, Albany Pass, Rockhampton, Mantuan Downs, Lansdowne Homestead on the Ward River, the Pitcairn Islanders’ Settlement in Kingston etc.]

ca. 1860. Quarto album (ca. 28,5x23,5 cm). 18 paper leaves of different colours. With 18 original watercolours and ink drawings mounted within ink drawn frames; including fourteen large ones, ca. 14x23 cm (5 ½ x 9 in) or slightly smaller; the other four are of various sizes, from ca. 6x18 cm (2 ¼ x 7 in) to ca. 7,5x11,5 cm (3 x 4 ½ in). All but two drawings are captioned in ink, either on the lower margins or/and on the mounts underneath, four drawings signed “N.S.” in the left lower corners. Period style navy blue half morocco album with cloth boards and gilt lettered title on the spine; all edges gilt. Overall a very good album.

Historically important album of early original watercolour and ink-drawn views of Queensland’s Cape York and Rockhampton, Norfolk Island (South Pacific), and vivid scenes of “Bush life in Australia” made by a British traveller in the 1860s.
The album opens with four watercolours drawn near Australia’s northernmost Cape York Peninsula and shows Booby Island, Albany Pass in the Torres Strait and the recently established settlement of Somerset (since 1864). The view of Somerset depicts a cluster of wooden buildings on both sides of Somerset Bay, some of which apparently were the first Government Residence, Police Magistrate's House, Customs House, Marines' Barracks and the Medical Superintendent's House (Barton, E.J.T. Jubilee History of Queensland. Brisbane, 1909, p. 362). Founded as a British military and naval outpost on the Torres Strait, Somerset was eventually neglected after the establishment of a more suitable station on Thursday Island in 1876; the station is currently uninhabited and ruined.
Six ink drawings and three watercolours depict a trip from Rockhampton, central Queensland, inland as far as the homesteads of Mantuan Downs and Lansdowne (on the Ward River south of Tambo). Very interesting are five numbered drawings from the series titled “Bush Life in Australia” which humorously present scenes at the “bush” camps, inns and ranches.
Five ink drawings (one untitled) and a watercolour provide a visual depiction of the early “civil” years of Kingston town on remote Norfolk Island in the South Pacific, shortly after its notorious penal colony had been closed and the island had been resettled by the Pitcairn Islanders in 1856. A large ink-drawn panorama depicts Kingston and the Slaughter Bay from the background hills, featuring the buildings of the Quality Row (with the New Military Barracks), the three well-defined town’s roads running down to the sea (Pier, Bounty, and Bligh Streets), the prisoners’ compound and a complex of auxiliary buildings on the shore. Three other ink drawings show the windmill and Point Hunter on the east side of the bay, the Government House (built in 1829 on the basis of its 1804 predecessor and considered one of the earliest government buildings in Australia), and another view of the Quality Row with the New Military Barracks. The watercolour depicts the settlement from the sea at a larger distance. All drawings feature the famous local species of Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla).
Overall a historically important album with unusual views of 1860s colonial Australia.

A list of drawings:
1) Albany Pass, Cape York, North Australia. Sepia watercolour ca. 13,5x22 cm. Signed “N.S.” in the left lower corner, additionally captioned in the right lower corner.
2) Booby Island, Torres Strait. Watercolour ca. 14x22,5 cm.
3) Settlement of “Somerset,” Cape York, North Australia. Watercolour ca. 14x22,5 cm.
4) Albany Pass, Cape York, North Australia. Watercolour ca. 13,5x22,5 cm. Signed “N.S.” in the left lower corner.
5) Rockhampton, Queensland, from the North Shore. Ink drawing ca. 9x15 cm. Additionally captioned in the right lower corner.
6) Bush Life in Australia. No. 1. Starting for “Up Country.” Ink drawing ca. 14x23 cm, additionally captioned on the lower margin.
7) Bush Life in Australia. No. 2. Meeting the First Team. Ink drawing ca. 14x23 cm, additionally captioned in the right lower corner.
8) Bush Life in Australia. No. 3. A Bush Inn near Town. Ink drawing ca. 14x23 cm, additionally captioned in the right lower corner.
9) Bush Life in Australia. No. 4. First Camp out. Ink drawing ca. 14x22,5 cm, additionally captioned in the right lower corner.
10) Bush Life in Australia. No. 5. “Mantuan Downs”. Ink drawing ca. 13,5x22,5 cm, additionally captioned in the right lower corner.
11) [A view of Kingston, Norfolk Island]. Ink drawing ca. 12,5x19,5 cm. Uncaptioned.
12) [A view of a river landscape in Queensland]. Watercolour ca. 14x11 cm. Uncaptioned.
13) “Lansdowne”, Ward River, Queensland, Australia. Watercolour ca. 13,5x22,5 cm. Signed “N.S.” in the left lower corner.
14) “Lansdowne”, Ward River, Queensland. Sepia watercolour ca. 14x22,5 cm. Signed “N.S.” in the left lower corner, additionally captioned in the right lower corner.
15) Windmill and point from a house near the pier. Norfolk Island. Ink drawing ca. 6x18 cm, additionally captioned in the left lower corner.
16) Government House, Norfolk Island. Ink drawing ca. 7,5x11 cm, additionally captioned in the left lower corner.
17) Settlement at Norfolk Island. Ink drawing ca. 12,5x23 cm, additionally captioned in the left lower corner.
18) Norfolk Island. Watercolour ca. 13,5x22,5 cm.

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