Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

26/1/2011

The Elgin Marbles of Oz’: Australia calls on Britain to return ‘birth certificate’ map that first refers to nation’s name

Australians have launched a campaign calling on Britain to hand over the first map that refers to the nation as ‘Australia’.

The chart, drawn by British explorer Matthew Flinders in 1804 after circumnavigating the continent in leaky, rotting boat, has been described as the country’s ‘birth certificate’.

Before then navigators had usually referred to the land as New Holland or Terra Australis. for more click here

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