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Image number: RS.12562
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Robinson Range




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


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Landscape view including the distant Robinson Range of Western Australia containing Mount Seabrook (454 metres), Mount Padbury and Mount Fraser (59 metres). In the middle ground, the line of men, horses and pack animals of the Western Australian Exploring Expedition of 1874.

Figure 8 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 8. H.C. Prinsep delt from a sketch by J. Forrest. H.G De Gruchy & Co., lith. MT. SEABROOK, MT. WALTER, &.MT. PADBURY from near Camp 23.’

According to the accompanying text, the view represents the expedition’s progress to 6 May 1874: ‘To the East, a line of high remarkable ranges running to the East extended, which I have names the Robinson Range, after his Excellency Governor Robinson. The two highest parts I named Mount Fraser and Mount Padbury, after the Honourable Commissioner of Crown Lands…and Mr W. Padbury, a contributor to the expedition fund.’

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 incorrectly: Forrest explains it as ‘View of the Robinson Ranges, from Camp 24, Mount Seabrook, Mount Padbury and Mount Fraser being visible.’

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

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