Mutton and muttonchops and a map

10 01 2008

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By milkfish, shot with HP Scanjet G3010 at 2008-02-02
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Scott 204, 205, 1946, 23mm x 23mm

The stamp commemorates Sir Thomas Mitchell’s exploration of central Queensland, Australia. The intrepid explorer looks resolute against a map of the state, flanked as he is by two sheep and a cow. He is well remembered by having a town there named after him.

Sir Thomas’s expeditions into the tropical northeastern part of the continent occurred ten years after he had mapped the region which is now the state of New South Wales. Project Gutenberg has a lovely map prepared from his survey. Here’s a related quote from his memoir:

I was busy endeavouring to complete my maps before other cares should divert my attention from the one subject that had occupied it so long. But in perusing nature’s own book, I could, at leisure, think sometimes on many other subjects, and I fancied myself wiser than when I set out,—much improved in health,—bronzed and bearded; sunproof, fly-proof, and water-proof: that is to say, proof against the want of it, “LUCUS A NON LUCENDO.”

(That last little bit meaning “It is a grove for not being light.“)




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22 02 2008
More mutton, along with triumph, disaster, and woe « Worlds in the Upper Right Hand Corner

[…] item depicts the route of the square-rigger SS Dunedin which carried the first shipment of frozen mutton from Port Chalmers, New Zealand to England on the 15th of February, 1882. Sailing across the south […]

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