Coloured engraving showing Australasia; with an inset map of the Sydney region indicating the extent of the colony in 1834. The map also has an inset showing areas proposed for surveying in the interior of the continent.
SignificanceThis map of Australia contains French place names, attesting on-going French interest in the Australian continent, continuing even after the first phase of British colonisation, during which the main features and outlines of the coast had already been charted by Cook, Flinders, Baudin and Parker King; however, the interior of the continent remained largely unexplored by Europeans for several more decades.
HistoryThe map was made by A. Brue [1786-1832] Geographer to the (French) King in 1826 and revised in 1834 by Charles Picquet (Brue's successor). The map is based on Brue's 1820 map of the Pacific ('Carte de L'Oceanie') but by 1826 it included many new place names. A footnote credits the various sources used, including surveys by De Freycinet, Flinders, Krusenstern, Oxley (for the inset of Sydney), D'Entrecasteaux, Peron (Baudin) and others.