The results of this research owe much to the libraries and individuals who took time to assist me and facilitate my work in many ways, by providing access to un-catalogued material, providing introductions, assisting me in locating material, answering my questions, evaluating possible formats for the presentation of this research on John Arrowsmith's maps, providing digitized formats of items required for this webpage and lastly creating this clear and lucid webpage for my project.

Users of this site owe a debt of gratitude to the eScholarship Research Centre of the University of Melbourne which took on this project with enthusiasm. I thank Jennifer Warburton of the University Library for bringing this research to the notice of Philip Kent, University Librarian and Gavan McCarthy, Director of the Centre who embraced it whole heartedly. My thanks go especially to Ailie Smith who created this quality website and to Helen Morgan who assessed the work we had produced and supplied helpful suggestions for improvement.

I acknowledge with thanks the assistance provided by the librarians and staffs of The National Library of Australia Map Section in Canberra, the State Library of Victoria and the University of Melbourne Library in Melbourne, Victoria, the Mitchell and Dixson Libraries in the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney, the State Libraries of Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, Charles Sturt University Library, the Fryer Library University of Queensland and Monash University Library.

Overseas libraries providing input were Auckland City Libraries in New Zealand, the Royal Geographical Society and the British Library in London, the Bodleian and associated libraries in Oxford, Cambridge University Library and the National Maritime Museum. While in the U.S. the Library of Congress and University of Texas Library in Arlington provided assistance.

In particular I wish to acknowledge the National Library of Australia which holds a large proportion of the material used for this website. My thanks to Glenys McIver, Maura O'Connor (previous Curators) and Martin Woods and staff Damian Cole and Quentin Slade of the Maps Section for their support over many years.

Similarly with the State Library of New South Wales over the long period of this research I was strongly supported by curators Cheryl Evans, Maggie Patton and Andy Carr and staff member Josef Truneke to all of whom I extend my thanks.

In my home state of Victoria I should like to acknowledge the co-operation received from Des Cowley and Judith Scurfield of the State Library of Victoria in particular for the sighting of un-catalogued material and material requiring digitization. The University of Melbourne Library also supported my research throughout the years, permitting access to closed stacks in the pursuit of elusive materials. I thank Philip Kent and his staff, Jock Murphy, John Cain and David Jones of the Map Section, Pam Pryde, Susan Millard, Leanne Mcredden and Jane Ellen of Special Collections.

In Queensland the State Library provided support through Catherine Blanchfield and latterly Ruth Gardiner; in the State Library of South Australia Merridy Lawler has been a long term stalwart supporter who also introduced me to the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia collection. The help of Kevin Griffin in accessing their holdings is appreciated. My thanks to Kelly Anderson for the detail relating to the first mapping of Adelaide by Henry Nixon.

In Western Australia I am indebted to David Whiteford of the Battye Library, State Library of Western Australia and Kylie Smith and Patricia Fairweather, State Library of Western Australia.

In the latter stages of my research the aid of Brian Goodchild of Landgate, Western Australia and Tom Reynolds of the State Archives of Western Australia was instrumental to my discovery of the earliest town plans of that state not present in either of these collections. Copies of these plans have since been obtained and are now available to the public through Landgate.

Overseas, I would like to acknowledge the extensive help afforded me by Geoff Armitage of the British Library, and latterly Nicola Beech, in identifying the Australian plates in the Library's several copies of Arrowsmith's London Atlas.

Other overseas libraries providing strong support were the Royal Geographical Society Map Library through Francis Herbert who initiated the idea of delving into the methodology of Arrowsmith's map making, provided many copies of maps and who also helped with particular problems in retrieving material elsewhere and introducing me to other librarians and latterly providing editorial comment, also his successors in the Map Room, David McNeill and Julie Cole; the Bodleian Library in Oxford, in particular Nick Millea of the Bodleian who also introduced me to the librarians of several Oxford colleges; namely, Amanda Savage of Queens College, Amanda Peters of Taylor Institution Library, and Norma Aubertin Potter and Gaye Morgan of All Souls College; Anne Taylor of the University of Cambridge Map Library and Don Manning of Imaging Services have likewise been strong supporters going out of their way to assist me.

In the U.S.A. the Library of Congress in Washington was unstinting in providing me with images from their atlases which were instrumental in analyzing the stages by which Arrowsmith and later Stanford maps were produced. In particular my thanks to Ralph Ehrenberg and his staff, I should like to single out Kathryn Engstrom and Ed Redmond of the Map Library for their help. Ben Huseman of the University of Texas at Arlington to whom I was introduced by Francis Herbert was also very helpful.

Other overseas institutions which provided assistance were Auckland City Library, N.Z. which through Ian Snowdon provided a detailed digital image enabling the identification of a unique copy of of their particular image of the Eastern portion of Australia. I thank John Robson of Hamilton University Map Library for introducing me to Ian Snowdon.

My thanks also go to the officers of the U.K. Hydrographic Office, Adrian Webb, Guy Hannaford and Matthew Millard of Archive Services and Rose Mitchell of the National Archives, Kew in assisting me to locate the original maps and charts which John Arrowsmith consulted for his map productions.

Individuals to whom I owe thanks are Philip Burden, David and Cathy Lilburne and Jacqueline and Glenn Watson, all map dealers who supplied images of Arrowsmith maps they held. In particular I thank Cathy and David Lilburne for introducing me to Charles Morgan whose willingness to make his unique map state available to all by providing high resolution images is greatly appreciated. Charles Morgan's west sheet of 'Australia from surveys…1858' is used for the web banner.

Other collectors who assisted me are Greg Wood and Pam Faragher and her late husband Brian who permitted me to study the Arrowsmith maps in their collection. My thanks also go to the Faragher's daughter Glenys and her husband Craig Young, and to her brother Richard Faragher for providing images of one of his items.

Last but not least, personal friends who gave much encouragement, direction and assistance are Mark Ellaway, Greg Eccleston, Maura O'Connor and Glenys McIver, thank you dear friends.

To all these persons I owe many thanks without their assistance this project would not have been accomplished.

Dorothy Prescott June 2012


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