Album of sketches compiled by naval officer, Owen Stanley, whilst in command of the surveying ship, H.M.S. Rattlesnake. Stanley died suddenly in 1850 from an illness contracted while surveying the Louisiade Archipelago.
These illustrations from the H.M.S. Rattlesnake show some of the earliest illustrations of the PNG places, people and tools, weapons and transport.
Brierly and Stanley produced the first significant visual record of 19th century contact between Europeans and the indigenous people of Northern Australia and New Guinea. The Mitchell Library holds hundreds of images from the Rattlesnakes' voyages. A selection is above.