New South Wales New Zealand New Hebrides


Map of British Australia published two decades after the First Fleet set sail.

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Captain James Cook first landed at Botany Bay on the western coast of Australia during his momentous voyage of 1770. His favorable report of the region prompted the British government to develop a penal colony there, and in 1788 a fleet of ships departed with the first group of ‘colonists’ (the majority of whom were criminals). Over the following decades, thousands of prisoners were shipped to the colony of New South Wales, shown here.

The map was published in London in 1808 by Robert Wilkinson, and reflects recent discoveries made by Cook, Flinders, and other navigators of the age. Inset maps show English settlements at Port Jackson and on Norfolk and Howe’s Islands.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1808

Author: Robert Wilkinson

Sheet Width (in): 10.90

Sheet Height (in): 13.10

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Light toning around the outer edges and an uneven left sheet edge from where the map was previously bound. One small spot at the top of the page, near the Queen Charlotte Islands. Very good, with attractive hand color.


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