Old Map of Australia and Tasmania, 1851, by Tallis & Rapkin - Sydney, Melbourne, Perth
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Engraved by John Rapkin and published by J. Tallis & Co in 1851, this is one of the finest and most detailed historic maps of Australia, at a time when... well, look at the map - almost no land except the coasts have been colonised. Australia had only been founded about 60 years prior - and in case you were wondering, 1851 was the year that the gold rush officially began!
This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16 inches (31x41cm), 18x24 inches (45.5x61cm) and 24x36 inches (61x91.5cm), but it looks even better when printed large.
I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 56x70 inches (142x178cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 20x16 inch (50x40cm) version of this map.
The fifth listing image shows an example of my map personalisation service.
If you’re looking for something slightly different, another option would be this amazing map of the same area by Max Gill in 1942.
Dotted around the map are beautiful, detailed engravings of notable landmarks and vistas, such as a couple of kangaroos, some "natives of Australia", a scenic view of Sydney, and a really lovely collection of parrots.
Despite being so old, you'll still recognise many of the towns and cities on this map. Sydney is here, of course, along with some of its suburbs and nearby settlements. Tasmania has been settled - though here it's called Van Diemen's Land. Melbourne has been founded, as have Brisbane and Perth.
Most of the territories have already been carved out - Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, and Victoria. But notably there's no Queensland yet or Northern Territory. Queensland would be founded just 8 years after this map was published, in 1859. And no Canberra either, of course.
Take a closer look at the listing images and see if you can spot your hometown or favourite holiday location! Contact me if you want to find out if a certain place is on the map or not.
This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, work leaving or housewarming gift for someone from Australia or who has Australia in their heart.
This map is available as a giclée print on acid free archival matte paper, or you can buy it framed. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that suits most aesthetics. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame colour or material. My frames are glazed with super-clear museum-grade acrylic (perspex/acrylite), which is significantly less reflective than glass, safer, and will always arrive in perfect condition.
Some of my old maps are now available on canvas. Smaller and larger sizes are available, but you must contact me to order.
Check my canvas maps collection to see which maps are currently available on canvas.
Canvas old maps are an interesting alternative to conventionally framed maps. Depending on your personal taste and room decor, canvas maps can "pop" a bit more than a framed map.
I print on responsibly sourced canvas with very high quality, fade-resistant inks. Then the canvas is stretched over a hand-glued solid wood frame - and yes, the wood is responsibly and renewably sourced.
The finished piece is 1.5 inches (3.8cm) deep and comes ready to hang.
Please note that because of the texture of canvas, some of the finer details on some maps will be harder to read than a map printed on paper.
At 36x24 inches (90x60cm) everything should be legible. But if you want to check before you order, please contact me.
If you are not happy with your unique map for any reason, contact me for a no-quibble refund.
I am very confident you will like your old map. I have been doing this since 1984 and I'm a 5-star Etsy seller with 1000s of sales and reviews.
This is the cheapest place to buy my maps online.
I use a unique process to restore my maps that is massively time consuming and labour intensive. Hunting down the original maps can take months. I use state of the art and eye-wateringly expensive technology to scan and restore the maps. As a result, I guarantee my maps are a cut above the rest - that's why I can offer a no-quibble refund.
Almost all of my maps look amazing at large sizes (200cm, 6.5ft+) and I can frame and deliver them to you as well, via special oversized courier. Contact me to discuss your specific needs.