Evans, George William (1780-1852)

Also known as
Evans, G. (1780-1852)
Evans, G. W. (1780-1852)
Evans, G. W. (George William) (1780-1852)
Field of activity
Surveyor; Artist; Draughtsman; Painter; Explorer; Drawing master; Deputy Surveyor-General; Acting Surveyor-General; Storekeeper
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Biographies

George William Evans (1780-1852), surveyor and explorer, was born on 5 January 1780, the third child and eldest son of William Evans, secretary to the earl of Warwick, of the parish of St James, Westminster,...

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Although primarily known as an explorer and surveyor, G.W. Evans's artistic efforts have considerable merit. His topographical vistas of Hobart Town, Parramatta and Sydney Harbour are valuable records of early settlements and newly explored territory in Australia.

painter, surveyor and explorer, was born on 5 January 1780, the third child and eldest son of William Evans, secretary to the Earl of Warwick, of the parish of St James, Westminster, and Ann, nee Southam. Little is known of his early life, but he seems to have been employed by a firm of architects and engineers and gained some elementary training in land surveying. In 1798 he married Jeanett, daughter of Captain Thomas Melville of the Third Fleet; they sailed for Cape Town later that year. Evans remained at Table Bay until May 1802, working in the Naval Storekeeper’s Department. When British forces were withdrawn from the Cape, he migrated to New South Wales, arriving at Port Jackson in HMS Buffalo on 16 October 1802. He was briefly employed as a storekeeper in charge of issuing grain at Parramatta then was Acting Surveyor-General from August 1803 until discharged in February 1805. A few attributed watercolours survive from this time, including Government House, Parramatta (1805, Mitchell Library) and possibly River Landscape, NSW (c.1802, Kerry Stokes Collection, WA). Evans then took up a land grant on the Hawkesbury River, but his farming venture failed with the floods of March 1806. He struggled on until back in official favour, apparently returning to Britain for a time. (His son George Francis Evans was born in Cardiff in 1809, according to his death certificate.) The family was back in Sydney by 1811, when Lieutenant-Governor Paterson (in Sydney) appointed Evans deputy-surveyor of lands at Port ...

  • 16 October 1802 Arrived Sydney, NSW aboard the HMS Buffalo

Flourished

  • fl. c.1802 - c.1850

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George Evans arrived in New South Wales in 1802 and was appointed acting surveyor-general in 1803. He surveyed and explored the Warragamba River and the Illawarra and was the first European to cross the Great Dividing Range. He worked in Tasmania and was a competent artist.

Born England, 5 January 1780. Died Hobart, 16 October 1852. Short apprenticeship with an engineer and architect and some elementary training in surveying, Naval Store-Keeper's Department, Table Bay 1798-1802, store-keeper in charge of the receipt and issue of grain at Parramatta 1802-03, acting surveyor-general 1804-05, farming, Hawkesbury 1805-09, surveying, New South Wales 1809-12, deputy-surveyor of lands, Van Diemen's Land 1812-25, recalled to Sydney 1813 to try to find a passage into the interior (on this expedition he was the first European to cross the Great Dividing Range), in 1815 to act as guide on a tour of the country he had discovered in 1813, in 1817 to act as second-in-command to Oxley (q.v.) in an expedition setting out from Bathurst to determine the course of the Lachlan River and in 1818 to fill the position of second-in-command to Oxley in an attempt to trace the Macquarie River to its termination, art teacher, England 1826-32, bookseller and stationer, then drawing master , The King's School, then housed in Harrisford, George Street, Parramatta while his wife conducted a finishing school for young ladies, Hobart 1844-52. Commemorated by statues in Bathurst, Melbourne, Adelaide and the Mitchell Library, Sydney.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Evans, George William
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Evans, George William (1780-1852), surveyor
    Weatherburn, A. K.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1966
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 1, 359-360
  3. Tracking and Mapping the Explorers, vol. 2: the Macquarie River, Warrumbungle Mts, Pilliga Scrub, Liverpool Plains, Apsley Falls, Hastings River, Port Macquarie 1818, Oxley and Evans
    Whitehead, John
    Published: John Whitehead, Coonabarabran (N.S.W.), 2004
  4. Tracking and Mapping the Explorers, vol. 1: the Lachlan River exploration, 1817, Oxley - Evans - Cunningham
    Whitehead, John
    Published: John Whitehead, Coonabarabran (N.S.W.), 2003

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  1. [George William Evans : Art & Artist Files (Australia and New Zealand)]
    Evans, George William, 1780-1852
    [ Book : 1900 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 168,285.203)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 168,285.203)

  2. George William Evans : surveyor, explorer and artist, 1780-1852 / A.K. Weatherburn
    Weatherburn, A. K. (A. Keith), 1911-
    [ Book : 1992 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 142,077.156)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 142,077.156)

  3. Evans's Account of excursions beyond the Blue Mountains in New South Wales
    Evans, George William, 1780-1852
    [ Book : 1817 ]
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    At 2 libraries
    Evans's Account of excursions beyond the Blue Mountains in New South Wales
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 125,720.445)

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  4. Evans' journal, May 13-June 12-15
    Evans, George William, 1780-1852
    [ Unpublished : 1900-1999 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 124,180.172)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 124,180.172)

  5. Plan of the township of Parramatta :
    Evans, George William, 1780-1852
    [ Book : 2017 ]
    At LaTrobe Uni Melb
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,945.68)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,945.68)

  6. Evans's survey journal, 1813
    Evans, George William, 1780-1852
    [ Unpublished : 1900-1999 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,764.188)

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  7. View of the west side of the Cove :
    Evans, George William, 1780-1852
    [ Book : 2017 ]
    At LaTrobe Uni Melb
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,551.445)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,551.445)

  8. The First crossing of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, by George William Evans, deputy surveyor general of New South Wales, 30th November 1813 / compiled by his daughter, Mary Lempriere Turpin, nee Evans
    Evans, George William, 1780-1852
    [ Book : 1913 ]
    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 114,698.812)

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  9. G.W. Evans-R.W. Hay 12.30 / G.W. Evans
    Evans, George William, 1780-1852
    [ Unpublished : 1900-1999 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 114,360.508)

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  10. Lord Bathurst-G.W. Evans 25.8.30
    Bathurst, Henry Bathurst, Earl, 1762-1834
    [ Unpublished : 1900-1999 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  1. [George William Evans : Art & Artist Files (Australia and New Zealand)]
    Evans, George William, 1780-1852
    [ Book : 1900 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 167,727.172)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 167,727.172)

  2. George William Evans : surveyor, explorer and artist, 1780-1852 / A.K. Weatherburn
    Weatherburn, A. K. (A. Keith), 1911-
    [ Book : 1992 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 141,847.75)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 141,847.75)

  3. Evans's Account of excursions beyond the Blue Mountains in New South Wales
    Evans, George William, 1780-1852
    [ Book : 1817 ]
    View online
    At 2 libraries
    Evans's Account of excursions beyond the Blue Mountains in New South Wales
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  4. [Portrait of George William Evans, 1780-1852, Deputy Surveyor General of N.S.W.]
    [ Photograph : 1980 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    [Portrait of George William Evans, 1780-1852, Deputy Surveyor General of N.S.W.]
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  5. Evans' journal, May 13-June 12-15
    Evans, George William, 1780-1852
    [ Unpublished : 1900-1999 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  6. Plan of the township of Parramatta :
    Evans, George William, 1780-1852
    [ Book : 2017 ]
    At LaTrobe Uni Melb
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,695.695)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,695.695)

  7. Evans's survey journal, 1813
    Evans, George William, 1780-1852
    [ Unpublished : 1900-1999 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  8. View of the west side of the Cove :
    Evans, George William, 1780-1852
    [ Book : 2017 ]
    At LaTrobe Uni Melb
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 121,012.188)

  9. The First crossing of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, by George William Evans, deputy surveyor general of New South Wales, 30th November 1813 / compiled by his daughter, Mary Lempriere Turpin, nee Evans
    Evans, George William, 1780-1852
    [ Book : 1913 ]
    At 3 libraries
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  10. G.W. Evans-R.W. Hay 12.30 / G.W. Evans
    Evans, George William, 1780-1852
    [ Unpublished : 1900-1999 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  1. Evans, George Francis (1809-1895)
    Artist; ; Painter; Public servant; 75
    ... Evans, George William ... Evans, G. W. ... The Welsh-born Evans, son of G.W. Evans, painted Tasmanian landscapes in oils, now represented in ... in France and worked in Hobart, Tasmania in the Commissariat Department. Son of G.W. Evans and his ...
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  2. Bull, Knud Geelmuyden (1811-1889)
    Artist; ; Draughtsman; Photographer; Painter; Professional photographer; 6991; Drawing master; 8212
    ... Sir William Lodewyk Crowther Library, State Library of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS ... Moore, William Gosling ... the Waterloo , one now attributed to William Huggins (ML) and one by Bull dated 1846, which was ...
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  3. Dawn, Gloria (1929-1978)
    Entertainer
    ... Gloria Dawn, only child of William Edward Evans, a Melbourne-born theatrical artist, and his wife Zilla... ... Actress Gloria Dawn, 49, died early yesterday morning at the King George V hospital, Camperdown ...
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  1. South-west view of Hobart Town, 181 ...
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    [ Art work : 1819 ]
    South-west view of Hobart Town, 1819 / George William Evans
  2. A view of the west side of Sydney c ...
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    [ Art work : 1803 ]
    A view of the west side of Sydney cove, [c.1803 / attributed to G. W. Evans]
  3. Government House, Parramatta, 1805 ...
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    Government House, Parramatta, 1805 / George William Evans
  4. South west view of Hobart Town Van ...
    R. Havell & Son
    [ Art work : 1823 ]
    South west view of Hobart Town Van Diemen's Land / G.W. Evans delt. ; Engraved by R. Havell & Son
  5. The South West view of Hobart Town ...
    Evans, George W ...
    [ Photograph : 1819 ]
    The South West view of Hobart Town Van Diemens Land, [ca. 1819?] / by G.W. Evans, engraved by R. Havell & Sons
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    [ Art work : 1803 ]
    View of the east side of Sydney Cove, [ca. 1803 / attributed to G. W. Evans]
  1. WILLIAM LONG & GEORGE EVANS having been appointed and confirmed
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 15 September 1843 [Issue No.77] p 1195

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... In the Insolvent Estate of John Blackwell. | w ILLIAM LONG & GEORGE EVANS having been appointed and ... same are to be paid to them.—Sydney, 13th September, 1843. WILLIAM H. KERR, 3143 Chief Commissioner, ... 53 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,893.561)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,893.561)

  2. Between William Nicholson, plaintiff, and William Evans Brown, defendant.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Friday 8 April 1853 [Issue No.38] p 660

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... In the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Between William ^Nicholson, plaintiff, and William Evans ... William Nicholson, against theabovenamed William Evans Brown, to recover the sum of Two hundred and fifty ... 238 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,536.519)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,536.519)

  3. GEORGE EVANS and WILLIAM LONG having been confirmed Trustees to the above
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 3 October 1843 [Issue No.82] p 1269

    Government Gazette Private Notices

    ... In the Insolvent Estate of John Blackwell. G EORGE EVANS and WILLIAM LONG having been confirmed ... Estate, also to give diiections a$ to its future management—Sydney, September 30, 1843. WILLIAM H. KERR ... 117 words
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,312.306)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 2,312.306)

  1. Trease and Evans pharmacognosy / William Charles Evans
    Evans, William Charles
    [ Book : 1996-2014 ]
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    At 21 libraries
    Trease and Evans pharmacognosy / William Charles Evans
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 526.943)

  2. George Essex Evans : patriotic poet of Australia / by Bill Johnston
    Johnston, Thomas William, 1938-
    [ Book : 2006-2013 ]
    At 17 libraries
    George Essex Evans : patriotic poet of Australia / by Bill Johnston
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 499.691)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 499.691)

  3. George Ewart Evans / Gareth Williams
    Williams, Gareth, 1945-
    [ Book : 1991 ]
    At 3 libraries
    George Ewart Evans / Gareth Williams
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 486.335)

  4. Walker Evans and company
    Galassi, Peter
    [ Book : 2000 ]
    Read online at Open Library/Internet Archive
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    Walker Evans and company
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  1. GEORGE WILLIAM EVANS.
    Sydney Mail (NSW : 1912 - 1938) Wednesday 21 May 1913 p 8 Article Illustrated
    ... GEORGE WILLIAM EVANS.     Who gave practical effect to the discovery made by Blaxland ... 101 words
    • Text last corrected on 4 August 2015 by AngelaDay
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  2. MR GEORGE EVANS (Continued.)
    Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 19 June 1909 p 3 Article
    ... everything George Evans Saimuel Jackson and William Jackson proceeded on horseback up the Deep Creek in ... MR GEORGE EVANS [BY ISSAC BATEY] (Continued.) The party was engaged about three weeks exploring the ... 2048 words
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  3. MR GEORGE EVANS
    Sunbury News (Vic. : 1900 - 1910) Saturday 12 June 1909 p 3 Article
    ... building line, and under the firm of William and George Evans they remained in Hobart Town until the firm ... party, consisting this time of George Evans, Robert Hay Marr, John Lancey, William Jackson (who ... 1792 words
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  1. Australian Exlorers GEORGE WILLIAM EVANS
    The bulletin.
    [ Article : 1940 ]
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    At Trove DigitalLibrary
    Australian Exlorers GEORGE WILLIAM EVANS
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  2. George Essex Evans (1863-1909)
    Andrews, Barry G; Wilde, William H
    Australian Literature to 1900: A Guide to Information Sources
    [ Article : 1980 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 355.091)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 355.091)

  3. George Evans, surveyor, artist and explorer
    Ritchie, Mary
    Surveying Australia
    [ Article : 1988 ]
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  4. Australian Historical Sketches George Evans’s Western Christmas
    The bulletin.
    [ Article : 1952 ]
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    Australian Historical Sketches George Evans’s Western Christmas
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 260.698)

  1. Bert McGregor interviewed by Caroline Evans in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project
    McGregor, Bert, 1941-
    [ Sound : 2010 ]
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    At National Library
    Bert McGregor interviewed by Caroline Evans in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 255.438)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 255.438)

  2. Gareth Evans: the state of nuclear non-proliferation
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2009 ]
    View online
    At ABC Radio National
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 243.442)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 243.442)

  3. Bill Evans
    Evans, Bill, 1929-
    [ Sound : 1962-2003 ]
    Languages: No linguistic content;English, [1 other]
    At 12 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 230.721)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 230.721)

  4. George Currie interviewed by Mark Cranfield
    Currie, George, Sir, 1896-1984
    [ Sound : 1982 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    George Currie interviewed by Mark Cranfield
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  1. Evans
    Evans
    Created by HelenVSmith, 4 items.

    Memoriam notice John William Evans

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  2. Evans
    Evans
    Created by catherine-thompson66, 1 item.

    Family of George Evans, Brisbane, and descendents

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  3. William George Palmer, Narrabri
    William George Palmer, Narrabri
    Created by Julez, 12 items.

    Articles related to William George Palmer and family

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  1. [Biographical cuttings on George William Evans, explorer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 447.72)

  2. Evans, George William. 'Bushrangers 1818 - 1822.'
    [ Unpublished : 1808-1822 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 429.9)

  3. Pioneer Register: EVANS, William
    [ Unpublished ]
    At RHSV Library
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