XIId3 Jan Willem Ploos van Amstel

Archief Ploos van Amstel

Foto uit album Ploos van Amstel-Pélerin

J. W. Ploos Van Amstel Also known as J. W. P. A.

Colonial Dutch Consul-General to Victoria who made watercolour sketches and photographs during his travels around Australia.

A sketcher and photographer, is known for a watercolour of a settler’s camp, dated 1855, watercolour landscapes and photographs of Aboriginal groups, dated 1860, and several watercolours of Sweers Island, Qld, one dated 1871 (all National Library of Australia [NLA]). Dutch Consul-General who was stationed in Melbourne, Vic, living in St. Kilda in about 1864.

J. W. Ploos Van Amstel  travelled to Sweers Island, Gulf of Carpentaria, North Queensland on board the steamship Curaçao, in 1871. The NLA has Amstel’s book Verslag eener reis van den Nederlandschen Consul-General to Melbourne, aan boord van Zr. Ms. stoomschip Curacao, langs de oost-en noordkust van Australie, in Julij-October, 1871 . J. W. Ploos Van Amstel  was a prolific report writer.

A portrait of Amstel appears in a group portrait wood engraving by Nicholas Chevalier , dated July 25, 1863, titled Farewell banquet to the French Consul (State Library of Victoria).