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Flinders and Baudin's race to map Australia

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Published on Nov 4, 2013

Dr Martin Woods, Curator of Maps at the National Library of Australia, discusses the maps that resulted from two almost simultaneous expeditions to New Holland, the French one led Nicholas Baudin and the British voyage led by Matthew Flinders. Both the French cartographer Louis de Freycinet and Flinders charted much of the Southern and Eastern parts of Australia, and much more closely than had the Dutch, both had access to the Dutch charts of Northern and Western Australia and made use of these to complete their work. These groundbreaking maps feature in the National's Library exhibition Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia.

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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