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Best-Selling Dutch Biography Books

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Map History Books of 2020 – The Tasman Map

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Marvellous map in marble is one of NSW’s great treasures

Mike Scanlon – Newcastle Herald MANY people pass by it today without a second glance. I was going to write that people walk over it, but that’s wrong, as it’s usually roped off. What I’m referring to is a rather … Continue reading

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Schouten Island – Van Diemens Land – A Tragic Story

Abel Tasman and his ships Heemskerck and de Zeehaen encountered what he named as Van Diemens Land (Tasmania) on 24 November 1642. As the Governor-General of the Dutch East India Company based in Batavia (Jakarta) it was Anthony van Diemen … Continue reading

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24 November 1642, Van Diemens Land

In the late afternoon of 24 November 1642, and thankfully still in daylight, the Dutch East India Company ships Heemskerk and the Zeehan sighted distant mountains. An overnight storm could dash them onto this unknown coast and they prudently decided … Continue reading

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Historic Maps in Marble

The new Amsterdam City Hall was completed in 1655. This remarkable building which was built on 13,659 wooden piles at a cost 8.5 million guilders, is now the Royal Palace and still dominates the Dam Square today. The relatively simple … Continue reading

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SIGNALS – Tasman Map Book Review

History Underfoot by Jeffrey Mellefont Like me, many Signals readers will have entered the State Library of NSW through the northern portico of the Mitchell Library and then crossed the vestibule to the muted reading room that’s so solemn with … 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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