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Putting Australia on the Map

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Published on Nov 4, 2013

Martin Woods, Curator of Maps at the National Library of Australia, discusses early depictions of 'the great south land', from ancient Greek interpretations of the Antipodes to maps of New Holland by the Dutch in the 1600s and 1700s with the various names used including Terra Australis, Jave Le Grande and Magallanica. Some maps on display in the National Library of Australia's exhibition Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia include the anonymous work known as The Harleian Map, The Boke of Idrography by Jean Rotz and the the work of Hessel Gerritsz, Chief Cartographer of the Dutch East India Company.

Mapping Our World is only showing at the National Library in Canberra from 7 November 2013-10 March 2014. http://www.nla.gov.au/exhibitions/map...

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