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Terra Australis was the first large-scale map of Australia by an Englishman showing the 1642-43 and 1644 discoveries of Abel Tasman in Australia and New Zealand. It was published in the second edition of John Harris’ ‘Navigantium Atque Itinerantium Bibliotheca‘, London 1744. A Complete Map of the southern continent surveyed by Capt Abel Tasman and depicted by order of the East Indis Company in Holland, in the Stadt House in Amsterdam.
The first English map of Australia and the second map devoted to Australia after Thevenot`s 1664 Dutch map. Bowen saw great potential for Australia and the text of the map reads “whosoever perfectly discovers & settles it will become infallibly possessed of Territories as Rich, as fruitful, & as capable of improvement, as any that have been hitherto found out; either in the East Indies, of the West.” A copy of this map was reportedly carried by Captain James Cook during his discovery of Australia`s east coast a decade later.