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The Freycinet Map of 1811
The Freycinet Map of 1811 is the first map of Australia to be published which shows the full outline of Australia. It was drawn by Louis de Freycinet and was an outcome of the Baudin expedition to Australia.
Database of selected landings on the australian coasts from 1606 to 1814 in chronological order with brief narrative of the essentials and other significant events.
The AOTM Division has a special focus on the early maritime contact history of Australasia, including the many fascinating aspects which are not that well known.
The broad aim is to promote the knowledge, understanding and awareness of their early cartographic and maritime history and heritage.
More specifically, the aims of the Australia on the Map are to:
- Focus on the period of sailing ships and earlier means of taking people to our shores, the hydrographic evidence of those arrivals and the related history of hydrography and cartography.
- Highlight the original Australians’ contacts with the early mariners of before the first fleet, as well as the historical and cultural implications of those contacts.
- Give due recognition to all relevant navigators’ contribution of all nationalities in the mapping of the Australasian coasts, until the time the whole coast was basically charted.
- Be outward looking, including aiming at community involvement, engaging, where relevant, with all Australians, regardless of age, creed, gender, socio-economic group or ethnicity and with kindred organisations.
- Foster promotion of Australasia’s early history internationally, where it overlaps with that of other countries.
- Help promote heritage tourism opportunities related to maritime history.
- Maintain an active body where maritime history enthusiasts, specialists and amateurs alike, can find encouragement and relevant responses.
When you are Canberra, don’t miss the opportunity to take the Early Explorers Walking Tour in the Inner South area of the city (Griffith and Red Hill). Take a good look at the street names – which early explorers do you recognise? The Early Explorers Walking Tour was an initiative by local residents and Australia[…]
The book “EARLY ENCOUNTERS WITH AUSTRALIAN SHORES” containing 14 easy read stories by the late Rupert Gerritsen, published by AOTM in July 2015, can now be ordered by sending a stamped self addressed envelope large enough to contain a b5 size booklet, with $2.10 in stamps on (for destinations within Australia) , to: Australia On[…]
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In 2015 we will commemorate the end of the Second World War. We will be invited to attend the ceremonies or watch on TV as the lines of be-medalled people march by. The authorities will organise them, and millions of dollars have been allocated to be spent on the commemoration in its various forms. It[…]
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Rupert Gerritsen passed away in Canberra on 3 November 2013. He was Chair of ‘Australia on the Map’ (AOTM), the Heritage and History Division of the Australasian Hydrographic Society (AHS). He wrote a number of books, many scientific papers and reports and played an influential part in re-charting Australia’s maritime contact history prior to British[…]