Public Domain Illustrations of the Great Barrier Reef

I spent my morning coffee time treasure hunting at archive.org, one of my favorite public domain libraries. That’s where I found these vintage illustrations of the Great Barrier Reef from the 19th-century.

Published in 1893 by William Saville-Kent, “The Great Barrier Reef of Australia: Its Products and Potentialities” may seem like a vintage science book at first glance, but it was more of a resource for the fishing industry.

The illustrations above capture such marine life as starfish, urchins, corals, and sea lilies. Discover even more public domain illustrations below!

19th-Century Corals

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system in the world.

GreatBarrierReef.org

Anemones & Sea Cucumbers

The Great Barrier Reef is so large it can be seen from outer space!

GreatBarrierReef.org

Molluscs & Planaria

Vintage public domain illustrations of great barrier reef marine life

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