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Maison du Gouverneur a Sydney....
Paris: Tastu, 1833. Lithographed view on china paper, 195 x 310 mm (image size); well preserved, mounted. Attractive view of the first Government House in Sydney, which stood on the corners of Bridge and Phillip Streets. The original cottage had been begun by Phillip in July 1788, but was much added to and extended over the following decades, until it took on the rather rambling form depicted here. The view is taken from the visit of the French expedition of Dumont-Durville, which spent a few weeks in Sydney.The Astrolabe sailed via the Cape of Good Hope, through Bass Straits, stopped at Port Phillip, and arrived at Sydney on December 2, 1828. The expedition found that the local authorities were disturbed by renewed French activity in Australian waters and were actively working to forestall French settlements, with the declaration "the whole of New Holland is subject to His Britannic Majesty's Government".Governor Darling with growing anxiety watched as Dumont d'Urville went about his business in Sydney wearing full uniform, accompanied by officers similarly dressed. After a stay of only 17 days the Astrolabe sailed for New Zealand.A huge amounts of scientific data was collected described and illustrated in sumptuous folio atlases. This fine view was published soon after the expedition returned to Paris. Interestingly, at the time of this visit plans were already in place to begin work on the new Government House, as Governors Brisbane, Darling and Bourke had all complained about the residence shown here....
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