1962 map of the Lake Burley Griffin area, Canberra

1962 map of the Lake Burley Griffin area, Canberra

9963 x 3656

‘Awesome map, thanks for sharing. Wonder if the NCA still has any long term plans to add in the Yarralumla bridge and the bridge to the top east of East Basin?

A link from the Kingston foreshore to Piallago might be good if it doesn’t impact wildlife in the wetlands.

edit: Grevillea Park and Molonglo Reach has development potential as well but it is close to the palliative care hostel’

Average annual temperature map of Australasia (1908)

Average annual temperature map of Australasia (1908)

6076 x 4366

‘In 1839 the Colonial Office in England requested that all British colonies set up meteorological stations along their coastlines to improve understanding of the weather, and in doing so reduce deaths at sea. The New South Wales Governor George Gipps quickly organised observatories at Port Macquarie on the north coast on New South Wales, Port Jackson at the southern entrance to Sydney Cove, and at the Flagstaff Hill signal station in Port Phillip (which was part of New South Wales until 1851). This collection of stations was the first organised meteorological network in Australia.

The observatories were reportedly equipped with all the latest recording instruments and devices and the thermometer was kept in consistent conditions. These were not the same conditions that the Bureau of Meteorology have today, but they were a scientific improvement of the ad-hoc processes previously employed and a lot of effort has into understanding and homogenising the records to account for non-climatic influences.

The Bureau of Meteorology was created to consolidate the various meteorological services of Australia’s States which had developed extensive records of their regional weather during the 19th century. After complex negotiations, the Bureau was finally established in Melbourne through the Meteorology Act 1906’

Japanese pictorial map of Australia from 1942

Japanese pictorial map of Australia from 1942

2266 x 1621

‘It’s looks interesting, it would be great to see a translation

Here goes (a bit long, but for those who are interested), clockwise on the mainland from Perth:

パース (written top to bottom) - Perth

ポートへドランド (written right to left) - Port Hedland

ブルーム (T to B) - Broome

ダービー (T to B) - Derby

ウィンダム (T to B) - Wyndham

ポートダーウィン (R to L) - Port Darwin

クックタウン (T to B) - Cooktown

タウンスビル (R to L) - Townsville

ブリスベーン (R to L) - Brisbane

ニューカッスル (T to B) - Newcastle

シドニー (T to B) - Sydney

カンベラ (T to B) - Canberra

メルボルン (R to L) - Melbourne

アデレード (R to L) - Adelaide

…and in the middle, オーストラリヤ (R to L) - Australia

Now the ones outside Australia and along the top and right side of the map, dates are written by the month first:

バタビヤ (T to B) - Batavia (capital of the Dutch West Indies, present-day Jakarta)

ジャワ島 (T to B) - Java island

スラバヤ (T to B) - Surabaya

蘭領東印度諸島 (T to B) - Dutch West Indies (cut-off but the last 5 characters are readable)

チモル島 (R to L) - Timor island

ポートモレスビー (R to L) - Port Moresby

ソロモン海戦 8.8 (R to L) - Battle of the Solomon Sea (also known as Battle of Savo Island), August 8th

珊瑚海海戦 5.7~8 (R to L) - Battle of the Coral Sea, May 7th to 8th

珊瑚海 (R to L) - Coral Sea

ニューカレドニヤ島 (T to B) - New Caledonia island

シドニー港襲撃 5.31 (T to B) - Attack on Sydney Harbour, May 31st’

1847 map of Australasia - by William Hughes

1847 map of Australasia - by William Hughes

3042 x 2508

‘Am I seeing wrong or is Victoria labelled “Felix”???

Australia Felix (Latin for “fortunate Australia” or “happy Australia”) was an early name given by Thomas Mitchell to lush pasture in parts of western Victoria he explored in 1836 on his third expedition. On this expedition Mitchell was instructed to travel to Menindee, then down the Darling River to the sea, if it flowed there; or, if it flowed into the Murray River to go up the Murray to the inhabited parts of the colony. However lack of water forced Mitchell to follow the Lachlan River to the south-west as the only practicable route. He reached the Murrumbidgee on 12 May and followed it to the Murray’

Official Desert Regions of Australia

Official Desert Regions of Australia

1223 x 1013

‘Nowhere in Australia is as dry as the Sahara, Sinai, or even most of the Negev desert in Israel. A place like Birdsville has over 100mm of rain in an average year, whereas Eilat in Israel has only 24mm on average. Australia’s deserts are not suitable for agriculture, but they have enough rain to support a rich plant and animal life’

Walter Burley Griffins approved design for Australia's Capital, Canberra - May 1927

Walter Burley Griffins approved design for Australia’s Capital, Canberra - May 1927

2992 x 3110

‘Notice Canberra avenue used to be called Wellington avenue . This is because Canberra was built that each state would have Thier own avenue named by their state capital , with a park at the end named by their state flower . When New Zealand did not join the federation this was change to Canberra avenue but they maintained Manuka park’

1743 map of Australia

1743 map of Australia

1279 x 1498

‘The NSW State Library currently has a sick exhibit going on called “Maps of the Pacific” which is basically showing the progression of European mapping of the world - it’s genuinely so interesting and it shows the progression of the mapping of Australia (and the rest of the world)’

Geographic distribution of Vietnam-born people in Australia (2016)

Geographic distribution of Vietnam-born people in Australia (2016)

6000 x 5556

‘This map appeared in my feed. Not familiar with Australia, but wondering why that certain section has such a high percentage of viet population? And what is that region called?

Also, how prevalent is Vietnamese culture in Australia compared to “viet-Australian” culture? Not sure how to put it, but it’d be similar in comparison to the difference between Filipino and filipino-American culture. Thanks for your time

It’s not specific to Vietnamese, it’s just where the majority of Australians live in general. The two states that have 30%+ are called New South Wales and Victoria and it’s where most Australians live, so it makes sense that most Vietnamese Australians live there too’