Old Map of Australia by John Pinkerton, 1813 - Australasia, Oceania, Melanesia - New South Wales Penal Colony
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In addition to Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand, the Melanesia islands can also be seen at the top of the map. Borneo, Java and other Indonesian islands, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanatu and Fiji can all be seen here.
At the time, of course, Australia was still called New Holland - and Tasmania was called Van Dieman's Land. New Zealand has always been New Zealand, though!
(Fun fact: despite being called New Holland for quite a long time, the Dutch never settled there. The Brits settled in Sydney in 1788 and named the area New South Wales. Over the next few decades the whole island became known as Australia - taking the name from Terra Australis, the name for the mythical south pole that would eventually be discovered and renamed Antarctica.)
Back in 1813, as you can clearly see from the listing images, settlers had not yet dared venture beyond the coastline of Australia.
In fact, in 1813 very few towns had even been founded in Australia. Sydney is here of course - but Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide would not pop up for a couple more decades yet.
The only territory is New South Wales - the others wouldn't be formalised for quite a few decades yet.
Do zoom into the images and see if you can spot your hometown. Don't be surprised if you don't recognise some of the place names though - not all of them have survived to modern day!
This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16 inches (30x40cm), 16x20 inches (40x50cm), 18x24 inches (45x60cm) and 24x36 (60x90cm) but it looks even better when printed large. I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 125 inches (320cm) wide. Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.
The model in the listing images is holding the 24x18 inch (60x45cm) version of this map.
This map would make a great birthday or Christmas gift for someone from Australia, someone interested in the history of Australasia, or perhaps someone who has holidayed or lived in Australia for a period of time.
You can order the map itself, or you can order a framed version. The frame is a nice, simple black frame that really makes our maps pop out when on a wall. Please get in touch if you'd like a different frame, or if you'd like to frame one of the larger maps. We use super-clear acrylic (perspex/acrylite) in our frames - it's less reflective than glass and better for transport.
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.
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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.