Map of Australia


Adrien Brué (1786-1832) accompanied the French explorer Nicolas Baudin on his 1803 voyage to Australia. Baudin described Brué as “a young man of good disposition and with a zeal for geography,” and named the Brué Reef off Australia’s northwestern coast in his honor. Brué returned to France to become the royal geographer and an important publisher of high-quality maps. The detailed notes on this 1826 map identify its sources. Brué calls Australia “New Holland,” the name first given to it in 1644 by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. Only in the 19th century did the name Australia come into general use.

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Adrien Hubert Brué, Paris


Title in Original Language

Carte de l'Australie

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Physical Description

1 map : color ; 35 x 49 centimeters

Last updated: February 12, 2016