This work was commissioned by the WA Historical Society to help celebrate Western Australia’s first Surveyor General J S Roe.
The painting depicts Perth waters and is overlaid with images which would have been part of life at that time, some of Roe’s maps and types of instruments he may have used such as a hand held chronometer. The night sky in the painting depicts the Southern Cross which was used to find true South during night navigation. His keen interest in WA’s unique flora led to his involvement in helping to preserve Mt Eliza (now known as Kings Park) for future generations.
Presentation of painting at WA Historical Society with Roe descendants and WAHS President Lennie Mc Call
Photograph – Wendy Lugg