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Japanese map of Australia from 1862 showed weird bargain of a country 

September 23rd, 2015 by admin | Filed under Blog.
  • Rare Japanese map of a universe dating behind to 1862 to go on display
  • The atlas was acquired by a State Library of NSW
  • It facilities information from 1840 with a reduction of Japanese and Chinese characters

Jennifer Russell For Daily Mail Australia

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A singular hand-coloured map of a universe from 1862 shows how a Japanese misunderstood Australia’s borders. 

The map, that has been acquired by a State Library of NSW, facilities blue and red-inked bounds dividing Australia into sections that are really opposite from a state bounds we see today.

New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and many of South Australia are noted as one area in red, along with a northern-most partial of a Northern Territory and a tiny south-west territory of Western Australia. 

Most of Queensland, a Northern Territory and Western Australia is surrounded by a blue border.

A singular hand-coloured map of a universe from 1862 shows how a Japanese misunderstood Australia's borders

A singular hand-coloured map of a universe from 1862 shows how a Japanese misunderstood Australia’s borders

The map has been  acquired by a State Library of NSW, facilities blue and red-inked bounds dividing Australia into sections opposite from a state bounds we see today

The map has been acquired by a State Library of NSW, facilities blue and red-inked bounds dividing Australia into sections opposite from a state bounds we see today

The blue area is meant to paint unsettled areas that have nonetheless to be entirely explored, while a red outline is meant to uncover staid areas with famous townships.

Maggie Patton (pictured) maps curator during a State Library of NSW, pronounced a Japanese map is formed on an progressing map from a 1840s and facilities a reduction of both Japanese and Chinese characters

Maggie Patton (pictured) maps curator during a State Library of NSW, pronounced a Japanese map is formed on an progressing map from a 1840s and facilities a reduction of both Japanese and Chinese characters

But by 1862 many maps of a continent clearly had a borders around New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia, so a Japanese were regulating improper information to learn residents about Australia during a mid-19th century.

The map was acquired by a State Library progressing this year from a play in Melbourne and will go on arrangement in November.

It is one of a initial maps published in Japan regulating a Mercator projection and is really rare, with usually dual other copies famous to be hold in American libraries.   

Maggie Patton, maps curator during a State Library of NSW, pronounced a Japanese map is formed on an progressing map from a 1840s and facilities a reduction of both Japanese and Chinese characters.

‘The map is formed in an progressing map and therefore a information on a map is out of date,’ Ms Patton said.

‘But to a Japanese it was still new knowledge, though not to us in 1862.

‘It would be used to uncover what Australia looked like though we only consternation what other countries in a universe it facilities incorrectly.’

By 1862 many maps of a continent clearly had a borders around New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia (like a one pictured)

By 1862 many maps of a continent clearly had a borders around New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia (like a one pictured)


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