Shipwreck Databases Western Australian Museum

Finding an ancient land: an illustrated research essay

Author/s M. McCarthy

Year of publication 2005

Report Number: 207

This essay has been prepared according to the request from the Director, National Museum of Australia, to expand on the European discovery of Australia with a focus beyond James Cook RN onto ‘early imaging of the Great South Land, Dutch, French and English voyages of discovery’, on their claims to the east and west coasts, on Flinders’ circumnavigation and on his meeting with Baudin. This was to be for the purpose of a new exhibit on the discovery of Australia. The images shown are presented purely as an indication of what is available to the Curators and some are selected as possible images for the revised National Museum of Australia exhibition.