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Australia -- Discovery and exploration

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View Resource Matthew Flinders Journeys

Created by the State Library of New South Wales, this site celebrates the bicentenary of Matthew Flinders's epic circumnavigation of Australia. Sailing in a leaky vessel, Investigator, between 1801 and 1803, Flinder charted the continent that he named "Australia." When complete in 2001, the site will feature all of Matthew Flinders's personal papers (journals, letters, diary, and memorabilia) held...
View Resource The George Raper Collection

This new online exhibit highlights the National Library of Australia's latest acquisition, the personal papers of George Raper, who sailed in 1787 at age seventeen from England to Australia as Able Seaman (later Midshipman) on the HMS Sirius, the flagship of the First Fleet. In addition to participating in one of the earliest European settlements of Australia, Raper circumnavigated the globe,...
View Resource Nineteenth Century Exploration of Australia

Created by Dr. Charles H. Smith and Jennifer Rakestraw, this well-crafted site is built around an Australian map that details the routes taken by nineteenth century Australian explorers. The map has been reproduced into three online sections -- western, central, and eastern -- and each section contains a list of explorers who navigated that region of the continent. Also included are Internet links...
View Resource Burke & Wills Web

Unless one has a penchant for the history of Australian exploration or the 1985 film "Burke and Wills", they may not be familiar with the personages of Robert O'Hara Burke and his third in command, William John Wills. In 1860, they set forth from the city of Victoria on their way to explore their way across the continent of Australia. While the expedition successfully crossed the continent, some...