DALE, Lieut, R.
Panoramic View of King George Sound, part of the colony of Swan River 1834.
- London: R. Havell, 1834.
- Chapman, Colonial Eye 32; Wantrup, pp.275 & 309.
PANORAMA - 4to; Drawn by Lieut, R. Dale 63rd Regt. In 1834 Robert Dale published in London a panorama print of the view from Mount Clarence accompanied by a pamphlet (missing) describing the sound and the geography, geology, flora, fauna and native inhabitants of the immediate region. Colour lithograph panoramic print (c. 8 1/5 x 109 ½ in.-sheet), housed in contemporary green cloth folder, re-backed and cornered in modern green buckram. Leather title label in gilt letters to cover. Upper board stained, some folds worn. The Panorama shows fledgling English soldiers trading with the local aboriginals in the Mount Clarence hills above the newly formed settlement of Albany, on the very southern portion of the West Australian coast. There are two harbours located within the sound, Princess Royal Harbour and Oyster Harbour. This is a winter scene, showing the small settlement of Albany, and its public buildings, comprising of a jail, a barrack house, and a general store, together with private dwellings of low mud, brick and wood, roofed with thatch. Bold promontories, granite hills and a fine sound and harbour are depicted. Two islands are prominent: Breaksea and Michaelmass. Local flora on display are the Banksia, Nuytsia, Mahogany and Kingia trees. To the extreme right of the panorama, the Porrongurup Range is to be seen. Also to the right of the panorama, a group of soldiers and local aborigines are seen returning from a kangaroo hunting expedition. Among the aboriginal party, their chief, Nakinna is to be seen.