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  • Title
    John Thomas Bigge pictorial collection, ca. 1817-1840
  • Creator
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1817-1840
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description

    John Thomas Bigge, British colonial judge, was appointed by Lord Bathurst as a Royal Commissioner initially to examine the success of the transportation system as a deterrent to felons, then in 1819 to cast a critical eye over the administration of the colonies of New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land. Bigge's report denounced Lachlan Macquarie's government, being particularly censorious of Macquarie's spending on public works. As a result of Bigge's recommendations, the New South Wales Act of 1823 was ratified, authorising the establishment of a Supreme Court and Legislative Council in New South Wales, as well as a Supreme Court in Van Diemen's Land. -- Reference: Australian Dictionary of Biography. Vol.1, 1788-1850. Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 1966
  • Scope and Content
    [View of the Heads, Port Jackson, ca. 1817-1826] / Richard Read, Senior
    East View of Sydney, / New South Wales. 1819 / taken from the Macquarie Tower / J. Lycett
    [Kangaroos in landscape, ca. 1819 / J.W. Lewin]
    North View of Sydney, New South Wales, 1820 / J. Lycett
    South View of Parramatta, New South Wales / from the Great Western Road near Turnpike houses, 1820 / J. Lycett
    Elizabeth Heneretta Villa ...., 1820 / R. Read
    Continuation of View from Bunkers hill includeing daws'es battery Fort Lachlan & South head light house, 1820 / R. Read
    [Sydney Cove, ca. 1820] / Richard Read Senior
    [Landing place - unidentified watercolour drawing]
    [View of town with garrison - unidentified watercolour drawing]
  • System of arrangement
    This collection comprises 10 pictorial record series. You may navigate to a more detailed description of each series from this collection record. Chronological order in series
  • General note

    J.T. Bigge acquired this collection of drawings and paintings before his return to England in 1821.
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