Sir Thomas Mitchell Project - Newcastle 1828
In 1828 Sir Thomas Mitchell produced a series of field sketches in graphite that represented the town of Newcastle (Australia) as he saw it.
The original work entitled 'Field Book – Port Jackson and Newcastle, 1828' is located in the State Library of New South Wales.
The sketches were accompanied by a series of survey readings that were examined by Emeritus Professor John Fryer and two final year Surveying students, Mr Chris Towers and Troy Sumner, who after a year's work prepared a report on their findings.
The sketches depict distinctive buildings of the early settlement, as well as depictions of the vegetation typical of the area.
Dr Anne Llewellyn’s 2nd Year Natural History Illustration students were asked to research the content of Mitchell's sketches, and together with field observations, develop a 'reconstruction' of Mitchell's drawings based on the 'now known' plants and animals of the region.
This work, along with those of the survey students formed part of a display held in the Special Collections (Auchmuty Library) University of Newcastle in May 2010.
The students whose work forms this display are:
For further information please see: uoncc.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/mitchell-1828-exhibition/
Bird flying over Newcastle - Artwork by Morgan Laudine - Sir Thomas Mitchell Project - Newcastle 1828
Newcastle, showing Nobbys Head - Artwork by Katherine Pearce - Sir Thomas Mitchell Project - Newcastle 1828
Seated man [Thomas Mitchell?] overlooking Newcastle - Artwork by Katherine Pearce - Sir Thomas Mitchell Project - Newcastle 1828
Windmill and Christ Church - Artwork by Morgan Laudine - Sir Thomas Mitchell Project - Newcastle 1828