Author Archives: ianburnet

About ianburnet

Author of the book, Spice Islands. Which tells the History, Romance and Adventure of the spice trade from the Moluccas in Eastern Indonesia over a period of 2000 years. Author of the book, East Indies.Which tells the history of the struggle between the Portuguese Crown, the Dutch East India Company and the English East India Company for supremacy in the Eastern Seas. Author of the book 'Archipelago - A Journey Across Indonesia'.

The Sir William Dixon bronze doors at the Mitchell Library

Inspired by the style of doors that graced the entries of some of America’s most significant public buildings, the bronze portico doors at the entrance to the Mitchell Library in Sydney illustrate various elements of Australian history. Principal librarian William … Continue reading

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The Dutch Prime Minister and the Tasman Map

  The Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mr Mark Rutte, spent three days on a working visit to Sydney and Melbourne from 9 to 11 October 2019. Mr Rutte’s busy schedule began at Admiralty House where he was appointed an … Continue reading

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THE GLOBE – Tasman Map Book Review

The Tasman Map , also known as the Bonaparte Tasman Map, is a prize possession of the Mitchell Library in Sydney. It was bequeathed to the Library, though in a rather roundabout fashion explained in detail in Chapter 27, by … Continue reading

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The Tasman Map – A short documentary

Follow the link to watch a short video (5minutes) from the State Library of NSW on the history of the Tasman Map http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuTRL9qSrmI ‘Ian Burnet in this stunning volume brings alive the many voyages of discovery that linked the exploration … Continue reading

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The Tasman Map – Book Review

Ian Burnet, The Tasman Map – The Biography of a Map: Abel Tasman, the Dutch East India Company and the first Dutch Discoveries of Australia, Rosenberg Publishing Pty Ltd, 2019 Having grown up in Sydney, I can remember as a … Continue reading

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The first appearance of the Spice Islands on a world map – the Atlas Miller (1519-1522)

Art and science join forces in the Portuguese atlas known as the Atlas Miller by the cartographers Lopo Homem, Pedro Reinel, Jorge Reinel and the miniaturist António de Holanda, which is one of the wonders of sixteenth-century Portuguese cartography. The … Continue reading

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The site of the Alfred Russel Wallace house on Ternate identified

NEW EVIDENCE: Site of Alfred Russel Wallace’s House in Ternate Identified “Wallace’s Ternate house is the most important science history heritage site in Indonesia.” Ternate, Tuesday 3 September 2019 – Rinto Taib, Head of History and Cultural Heritage, Department of … Continue reading

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