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A New Globe of the Earth

26 Jun 2018 3:10 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Well it was new around the mid 18th century. The little pocket globe featured in the image of the 'Latest News' summaries on the Society's Home page was taken at the National Library during the Mapping Group's visit to Canberra in Nov 2017. The NLA's collection of almost a 1M maps, includes several of these wonderful pocket-size terrestrial globes.

The globe pictured was made by Leonard Cushee of London, most likely between 1754 and 1760. 

Note in the detail of the map on the right that both New Guinea and Dimen's Land were thought to be connected to the mainland

A pocket globe dated 1754 did not have the completed east coast of Australia (New Holland as it was called on maps of the day) because it was still unexplored.

A similar globe produced in 1776 included Cook's voyage along the east coast. New Guinea is now separate from Australia and New Zealand is mapped.

Information courtesy of the National Library of Australia, Canberra ACT.
Images by Kay Rees and NLA

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