Map State Map of the Discoveries in Australia, 1832/1
Map of the discoveries in Australia copied from the latest M.S. Surveys in the Colonial Office … by J. Arrowsmith. [Pl.] 35 Scale [ca. 1:3 000 000]. S 26° 30'-S 38° 30'/E 135°-E 154° 20'. London, Pubd. 15th.Feby. 1832 by J. Arrowsmith, 33 East Street, Red Lion Square.
1 map : col. ; 49 x 52 cm.
Insets: Top left. The Colony of Western Australia. -- Bottom left: [Australasia]
Marginal notes: Top right margin: b) Note on the Karaula River by T. L. Mitchell. -- Bottom left margin: a) Three line description of the Murray River. -- Table: Reference to the tracks of the travellers and the number of miles explored by each.
The title includes a dedication to Viscount Goderich as follows:
By Permission dedicated to the Right Honble Viscount Goderich. H. M Principal Secretary of State for the Colonies and President of the Royal Geographical Society, by his Lordships obliged servant J. Arrowsmith.
The map extends from Moreton Bay, in present day Queensland, to Spencers Gulf, South Australia. The principal feature is the Murray - Lachlan - Murrumbidgee river system as portrayed following Charles Sturt's journey down the Murray to its mouth at Encounter Bay.
London, Pubd. 15th.Feby.1832 by J. Arrowsmith, 33 East Street, Red Lion Square.
The nineteen counties in New South Wales are outlined and named on the map.
Reference to the tracks of the travellers and the number of miles explored by each
Shows 12 routes being those of John Oxley 1817, 1818; [Mark John] Currie 1823; [Hamilton] Hume 1824; Allan Cunningham 1823, 1825, 1825, 1827, 1828, 1829 and [Charles] Sturt 1828, 1830.
Additional routes not shown in the table are noted in the descriptions of the states of the map.
Inset map shows south west of Western Australia from Cape Leschenault on the west coast to Mt Barren on the south coast 35°12'S/120°E, with the routes of Captain Bannister from Perth to Point Nuyts, and Ensign Dale from Perth east to Mt. Stirling in 1830. The inset remains unchanged for the life of the map.
Not in Tooley
New South Wales
The westward internal flowing rivers of New South Wales are tentatively indicated from the discoveries of the various explorers. The eastern flowing rivers in New South Wales are mapped from Port Macquarie on the east coast south to Broulee. The Great Dividing Range appears in sections named as Australian Alps or White Mountains, the Blue Mountains, and north of these, the ranges are unnamed. Additionally and not shown in the table of routes are the tracks of Thomas Mitchell northwards to the Darling River along the a) Gwydir and b)Karaula Rivers in January and February 1832 from Bullabalakit 23rd Dec.1831 just south of Hardwickes Range in northern New South Wales. Allan Cunningham named the Dumaresque or Karuala River (Aboriginal name) and the Gwydir or Kindur (Aboriginal name). Contrary to what is stated in Tooley (1999), the tracks appearing on the map but not named in the table are those of Thomas Mitchell rather than Allan Cunningham who was in England at this period.
In the Port Phillip region of New South Wales the only information appearing is the route followed by Hamilton Hume from the Murrumbidgee to Port Phillip. Rivers crossed during this journey are the Hume (later called the Murray), the Ovens and the Goulburn. This is the first mapping of the upper reaches of the Murray which shows a tributary entering from the south named the Oxley R. The coastline from Indented Head westwards to Cape Northumberland is shown as uncertain (unbroken line).
Otherwise the features and names on the map are confined to the entire coastline from Moreton Bay to Spencers Gulf in South Australia.
Map covers the period 1817 to 1832.
- 1817 - 1832
- Situation date
- 15 February 1832
- Map Publication Date
Map of the Discoveries in Australia, 1832/1
Map of the Discoveries in Australia, 1834/1 (1832)
Map of the Discoveries in Australia, 1834/2
Map of the Discoveries in Australia, 1834/3
Map of the Discoveries in Australia, 1834/4
Institutional and Other Holdings
National Library of Australia Map Collection
- Map of the Discoveries in Australia [cartographic material] : copied from the latest M.S. Surveys in the Colonial Office, MAP RM 2736; National Library of Australia Map Collection. Details
Royal Geographical Society of South Australia Inc.
- Map of the Discoveries in Australia [cartographic material] : copied from the latest M.S. Surveys in the Colonial Office; Royal Geographical Society of South Australia Inc. Details
- Ferguson, John Alexander, Bibliography of Australia, Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1941-1969. Details
- Sturt, Charles, Two expeditions into the interior of southern Australia, during the years 1828, 1829, 1830, and 1831 : with observations on the soil, climate, and general resources of the colony of New South Wales, Smith, Elder, London, 1833. Map of the Discoveries in Australia, Plate 35, 1832/1 appears in this edition. Details
- Tooley, Ronald Vere, The mapping of Australia and Antarctica, Holland Press, London, 1985, 649 pp. Details
- Map of the discoveries in Australia, 1832/1
- National Library of Australia Map Collection
Dorothy F. Prescott
Created: 29 July 2010, Last modified: 20 September 2012