Ship, half-model, experimental brig, wooden, four gun ports and rudder, in metal case, [Sir Thomas Livingston Mitchell, Australia, 1850s] (OF).
This model was in the possession of Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell , Survey-General for the Colony of New South Wales for 27 years.
Model donated by The Royal Historical Society , having been in the possession of Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell . Sir Thomas Mitchell was educated in law at Edinburgh University, joined the army, learned surveying, which led to him becoming Surveyor-General for NSW, replacing John Oxley, on his death. He held the position for 27 years, controlling and directing the building of major roads including the Great North Road linking Sydney and the Hunter Valley. He led four expeditions , in the process surveying and charting much of Eastern Australia , including the Darling-Murrumbidgee through Victoria and NSW, the Glenelg River to the SA seacoast, and Central Queensland.
The specific history of this ship model is nor known, but is certainly likely to have been used in discussions on shipping requirements relating to the NSW Colony in the1830's and 40's.