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Title   Augustus Koch : Mapmaker 

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Author   BREDNICH Rolf  ISBN   9781927242872  Add to shopping cart   
Publisher   Steele Roberts Ltd  Group   New Zealand View shopping cart
Binding   Hardback Category   Non-Fiction  Terms and conditions
Edition   2015 Type   Go back
Publication Year   2015 
Subject   Cartography, map-making & projections 
Stock Status   Currently in stock 
Order Status   Not currently on order 
Synopsis Augustus Koch was born in Berlin in 1834. After the 1848 democratic revolution and blacklisting by German secret police he fled to England, became a seaman and fell in love with a passenger en route to New Plymouth. In 1858 he married her and settled in New Zealand.Koch brought with him one of the countrys first lithographic printing presses and became one of the finest mapmakers in the colony. During his career as a draughtsman for the Department of Lands & Survey in Napier, he produced hundreds of plans, sketches and maps of all kinds. He printed some of his maps on his own press; later, in Wellington, they were often printed by the Government Printing Office. Of the multitude of maps he drew for Public Works only a fraction have survived, but they form an impressive collection, mirroring the process of colonisation and the technical advancement of mapmaking.Mapmaking has always had a political or at least bureaucratic dimension. In the mapmakers work we can see how topographical mapping played an important symbolic role in the attempt to colonise, civilise and extend power over the lands Pakeha had acquired or confiscated from Maori. Kochs maps and the illustrations he provided for books by Hochstetter, White and Mackay formed a significant part of New Zealands transition into a Western-dominated dependency.

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