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Image number: RS.12559
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Mount Narryer and Mount Murchison




Henry Charles Prinsep (1844-1922, Australian), Artist


1st Baron of Forrest of Bunbury John Forrest (1847-1918, Australian), Explorer

Object type

Library reference





height (print): 330mm
width (print): 228mm


Content object

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Landscape view including two peaks in Western Australia, Mount Narryer (469 metres) and Mount Murchison (353 metres). The scene includes four human figures, members of the Western Australian Exploring Expedition of 1874.

Figure 5 from the monograph Journal of the proceedings of the Western Australian Exploring Expedition through the centre of Australia…commanded by John Forrest (Richard Pether, Perth, 1875).

Inscribed ‘PLATE 5. H.C. Prinsep delt. H.G De Gruchy & Co., Lith. MT.NARRYER & MT. MURCHISON from peak near Camp 14.’

According to the accompanying text, the view represents the expedition’s progress to 23 April 1874: ‘we came into granite country with bare hills in every direction…we camped about 1 mile from the Murchison River…Went with Pierre to a Peak of granite…about 1 ½ miles from camp, from which I took a round of angles and bearings.’

Forrest commented upon these illustrations: ‘Owing to my absence in England while Mr. Prinsep was engaged making the drawings from my rough field sketches, the names of some of the views were inserted erroneously…’ This view was captioned correctly.

John Forrest, 1st Baron Forrest of Bunbury (1847-1918) Australian explorer and politician. Forrest became first Premier of Western Australia.

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