This remarkable exhibition brings together some of the world’s greatest maps, atlases, globes and scientific instruments, many of which have never before been seen in the southern hemisphere, to tell the remarkable story of how Australia came to be on the map, and reveal the history and struggle to imagine and document the world; from the earliest imaginings of the earth and the night sky through to Matthew Flinders’ landmark General Chart of Terra Australis or Australia in 1814. The exhibition will take you on a spiritual, artistic and scientific journey, showing how European explorers gradually unravelled the secrets of the south land.
Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia. National Library of Australia 2013. 288 pp. Fully illustrated.