George Raper First Fleet Art 2022 Calendar Large
This 2022 Calendar features exquisite images depicting the birds and flowers of Sydney Cove, from the National Library of Australia collection of watercolour works of George Raper, a Royal Navy Officer who travelled on the First Fleet to Australia.
- Unique double hung format with full page top image and full page calendar grid
- Includes Australian and New Zealand public holidays
- Beautiful, textured, antique cream paper stock from FSC sources
- Antique brass wire binding
- Printed in Australia
- New, 10% larger size, now 335mm wide x 485mm high
About George Raper
In 1787, when only 17 years old, George Raper joined the crew of HMS Sirius.
As the flagship of the First Fleet, HMS Sirius would lead a voyage that would change Australia forever. Taken on board as one of the young gentlemen, George Raper was promoted to midshipman during a voyage that would see him circumnavigate the globe in a race against starvation, experience shipwreck on Norfolk Island, face court-martial for the loss of His Majesty's ship and live to see home and family once more.
On board HMS Sirius Raper learnt astronomy, navigation, cartography and topographical drawing from Captain John Hunter and Lieutenant William Bradley. He was an apt student creating an impressive and historically significant record of his voyage to Australia in a series of maps, drawings and manuscripts.