The major theme of 'Mapping our World' charts the ways in which the great south land was mapped over the centuries - fancifully, scientifically, accidentally, methodically... We've produced these two videos to tell those stories featuring the Library's Curator of Maps, Dr. Martin Woods. The first focuses on the various ways that the continent we know call 'Australia' has appeared and the names that it has been given over the centuries. The second is about the race between the French and English explorers, Baudin and Flinders, to chart the coastline of Australia.
It began on a canal in Venice and ended via a specially deconstructed National Library of Australia window. It was too big to come through the front door, but one of the rarest maps in the world, the 1450 Fra Mauro Map of the World, has finally taken pride of place in our exhibition Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia.
Today we launch our latest exhibition, part of the Centenary of Canberra celebrations - City of Trees. It is the creation of British artist Jyll Bradley who, in 2011, was invited to Canberra by Robyn Archer to explore its potential for a Centenary project. It became clear immediately that the city’s trees were intrinsic to its history. ‘Every tree has a story behind it,’ Bradley said.
This is a guest post from Maxine Fisher, Digital Content Coordinator (and PANDORA Archive curator) at the State Library of Queensland.