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Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia


From the world’s great maps collections come the charts that inspired the European idea of Australia, from ancient and medieval notions of a great south land to Matthew Flinders’ 1814 map of the continent. Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia brings together over 100 spectacular maps, atlases, globes and scientific instruments from the National Library of Australia and Australian and international lenders, including the British Library, the National Archives of the United Kingdom, the Vatican Library, the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition coincides with both the centenary of Canberra in 2013 and the bicentenary of Flinders’ chart in 2014. A celebration of some of the world’s most significant discoveries, Mapping Our World is also a re-evaluation of Australia’s mapping past, with unique works by the most eminent names in the history of cartography including Ptolemy, Gerard Mercator, the Blaeu family, Abraham Ortelius, Vincenzo Coronelli, Louis de Freycinet, James Cook and Matthew Flinders.


  • When: 26 Feb 2014
  • Time: 10:00AM – 06:00PM
  • Where: Exhibition Gallery (Ground Floor (G))