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to read Wallace's
original 1893 account!
Keywords for site: history of Australia, Australian history, exploration of Australia, Australian exploration, Australian explorers, Australian maps, Alfred Russel Wallace
Australian coasts were charted in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
and the first permanent European settlement established in New South
Wales in 1788, exploration of the interior of the continent was entirely
a nineteenth century phenomenon. During the 1800s a great number of
intrepid (but sometimes foolhardy) adventurers, prospectors, surveyors
and naturalists crisscrossed the continent in all directions, more than
a few of them losing their lives along the way.
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Some Nice Things That Have Been Written About Nineteenth Century Exploration of Australia
"Created by Dr. Charles H. Smith and Jennifer Rakestraw, this well-crafted site is built around an Australian map that details the routes taken by nineteenth century Australian explorers. The map has been reproduced into three online sections -- western, central, and eastern -- and each section contains a list of explorers who navigated that region of the continent. Also included are Internet links to all of the explorers, which can be accessed from the left-side panel on the home page or at the bottom of each map section." --The Scout Report, August 9, 2002.
"A wonderful overview of this period in Australian history."--Archaeolink.com, Australia People History Social Studies.
"Website, created by Charles H. Smith and Jennifer Rakestraw, has excellent links to information about various Australian Explorers. Well worth visiting." --Sandra's Australian History Website.
"An excellent resource for History students or anyone wanting to know about the colonisation of Australia." --Dapto High School (Australia), Subject-Specific Links.
"Outstanding resource examining nineteenth-century Australian explorers and contemporary texts from the period." --Expand the World, History and Culture Links.
"The centre piece of this excellent site is a map of Australia split into three sections (western, central and eastern), charting the journeys of 19th century explorers from the coastal regions and deep into the outback. The route of each of these remarkable men is marked in great detail, and the biographies are linked to other sites. The site's creators, Dr Charles Smith and Jennifer Rakestraw, should be proud of their work, which rightly won the golden web award for 2002-3, putting to shame some of the maps from far bigger information providers. Their secret is to reproduce the e-map from a Victorian original." --'Internet Developments,' Information World Review Issue 183 (Sept. 2002), p. 26.
"A very useful resource." --Dropbears.com Australia, Australian History Links
"Excellent site for anyone interested in this topic. Good resource for writers." --Suite101.com, Write Australia Links.
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