Australian Maps Belatedly Discovered

Two maps held at the National Library of Australia for nearly a century have only recently been identified as original 1697 charts by Vlamingh, rather than printed copies, and as such are the oldest maps of Australia in Australian hands, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. (Most maps of Australia of that vintage are held in Europe.) The maps, originally donated in 1911, were identified as originals in 1981 by a visiting Dutch expert, but it was only when the library’s map curator read the expert’s book this year — the book was published in 1985 — that the library realized what it had. Via Map the Universe.