Arrrowsmith, John
1838

Australia according to the proposed divisions

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Australia according to the proposed divisions.

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This small antique map by John Arrowsmith (1790-1873) is an early record of Australian history as it documents a proposed naming convention and geographical boundaries for states in the continent of Australia.

Published for the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society to accompany an article "Considerations on the Political Geography and Geographical Nomenclature of Australia".

These proposed states were geometric divisions of the continent, and did not take into account soil fertility, aridity or population. This meant that central and western Australia were divided into several states, despite their low populations both then and now.

Proposed Divisions of Australia


  • Dampiera
  • Victoria
  • Tasmania (not to be confused with the modern Tasmania).
  • Nuytsland
  • Carpentaria
  • Flindersland
  • Torresia
  • Cooksland
  • Guelphia
  • Vam Dieman's Land (modern-day Tasmania)
John Arrowsmith was a cartographer to both the Royal Geographical Society and the Parliamentary Reports. Those roles gave Arrowsmith access to information on the latest discoveries and he created numerous maps of Australia and other areas, revising the maps with results of later information. Published by John Murray, Albemarle Street. London.

CREATOR: Arrrowsmith, John

PUBLICATION DATE: 1838

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Australia

BODY OF WATER: N/A

CONDITION: Good.  On thin paper as issued with minor offsetting. Two vertical folds as issued.

COLORING: None

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SIZE: 8 " x 7 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 0

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