Artist: Julian Rossi Ashton (1851-1942).
Hand coloured engraving,330mm x 235mm.
In good condition.
John Coode (1816-1892) was a Welsh civil engineer first visited Australia in 1878, when he was brought out by the Melbourne Harbor Trust to report on works for improving the port. Large ocean-going ships had been prevented from approaching the city by the narrow and winding Yarra River and the inadequacy of the port facilities. He recommended improvement of the existing channel in preference to the direct canal advocated by many local authorities. The river was to be widened, deepened and made into a smooth curve by means of a canal through Fishermen's Bend.
From the original edition of the Australasian Sketcher, rare.
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