Australia: proposed divisions 1838 and as it was in 1900

australia_1838

I kind of fancy having Guelphia as my address. Very confusing for Victorians though, isn’t it? Not sure either if Jim Belshaw would find Cooksland appealing compared with New England. I’m not sure what Spain and Portugal are doing in the Great Australian Bight — perhaps just a comparison.

State boundaries in Australia actually settled rather late in the day.

australian_colonies

The top map was on the fascinating blog Strange Maps; the second is from the University of Texas and is linked to a full-size version.

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