Illustrating the Antipodes: George French Angas in Australia and New Zealand 1844-1845

16 Nov 2021 - 30 Jan 2022

'Illustrating the Antipodes: George French Angas in Australia and New Zealand 1844-1845' is the National Library’s newest exhibition, drawing together nearly 200 artworks, sketches and books by colonial artist George French Angas, as well as items relating to his life and travels.

Angas was the son of one of South Australia’s founders, and visitors may recognise landmarks such as Port Lincoln from Winter’s Hill and a scene from Mount Lofty looking over the plains of Adelaide.

The exhibition will be on show in Canberra from Monday 15 November 2021 until Sunday 30 January 2022. Entry is free and no bookings are required.

Presented in partnership with the South Australian Museum, the exhibition features works from national and state cultural institutions, as well as private collections. It will travel to the South Australian Museum in 2022.

'Illustrating the Antipodes' is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.


This is a free event.

George French Angas holding a book and leaning up against a rock.
George French Angas,
Pencil sketches of sea birds, some partially coloured in.
Study of Sea Birds,
A tree is in the foreground of this image, with rolling hills and the ocean in the background.
View from Mount Lofty, Looking over the Plains of Adelaide,
A landscape image featuring kangaroos, dogs and a person riding a horse.
Kangaroo Hunting near Port Lincoln, Albert Peak in the Distance,


16 Nov 2021 - 30 Jan 2022
January 2022


National Library of AustraliaParkes Place West, Parkes, Australian Capital Territory, AustraliaMap of the venue locationMap of the venue location

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