Mapping Australia

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.

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