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The First Appearance of Australia on a World Map

The Pacific Ocean was first sighted on September 25, 1513 by the explorer Vasco Balboa when he reached the summit of the Isthmus of Panama and viewed its huge expanse. In 1520 Ferdinand Magellan and his Armada de Moluccas, on … Continue reading

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Terra Australis 1606

Terra Australis 1606 – The voyages of Willem Janszoon and Luis Vas de Torres and the first European discovery of Australia This talk was presented at the SMSA and will be broadcast by ABC Radio National on their ‘Big Ideas’ … Continue reading

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