A Communication Bulletin between Australian Members of the Hakluyt Society No. 3

Australian Members’ Bulletin No. 3

A Communication Bulletin between Australian Members No. 3

Flinders mapping event, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 18 February 2014

The National Library of Australia is currently hosting an outstanding, once-in-a-lifetime exhibition: Mapping our World: Terra Incognita to Australia. The exhibition provides the unique opportunity to see rare and unique cartographic treasures from around the world including how European explorers unraveled the secrets of the great south land.

Seminar: The 1814 Flinders Map Bicentenary

In association with Mapping our World, this seminar will mark the bicentenary of the publication of Flinders’s General Chart of Terra Australis or Australia. Mariners, academics and curators will explore the life of Matthew Flinders, his friends and his enemies, and the significance of the map.
Speakers include:
• Professor Jean Fornasiero, head of the School of Humanities, University of Adelaide
• Margaret Sankey, emeritus professor, University of Sydney
• Djon Mundine OAM, indigenous artist
• Professor Len Collard, School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia
• Dr David Palmer, senior lecturer in community development, Murdoch University
• Lindsay Perry, secretary, The Matthew Flinders Society of Australia
• Dr Jan Tent, lecturer, Linguistics Department, Macquarie University

The event is supported by the Poynton-Baker Trust Fund and Australia on the Map, history and heritage division of the Australasian Hydrographic Society (AHS).
Where: National Library of Australia, Theatre, Lower Ground 1
When: Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 10am – 4pm
Cost: $20
Booking is essential and can be made at http://www.nla.gov.au/event/6138

Pre-seminar tour for Hakluyt Society members

Hakluyt Society members in attendance will receive a special tour of Mapping our World: Terra Incognita to Australia prior to the seminar, by exhibition curator Dr Martin Woods. The tour will be conducted between 9 and 10am, and attendees should meet in the library foyer at 8.50 am. Please advise Martin of your intention to attend: mwoods@nla.gov.au or phone 62621280 by Monday, 17 February.

The Australian launch of the Hakluyt Society publication for 2014: Australia Circumnavigated: The Journal of HMS Investigator, 1801-1803. Edited by Kenneth Morgan.

Plans are now well underway for the November launch of this new scholarly edition, to be held at the National Library of Australia.
Members of the Hakluyt Society are invited to the launch, which will be held in Canberra as a commemorative event 200 years after the original edition was published. Participants at the event will include:
• Dr Kenneth Morgan, professor of history at Brunel University, London
• Captain Michael Barritt, RN, president of the Hakluyt Society
• Dr Martin Woods, curator of maps at the National Library of Australia
Where: The National Library of Australia, Canberra
When: November 6, 2014: early evening
Copies of Australia Circumnavigated will be on sale, and Dr Morgan available for signing.

Seminars in Adelaide and Sydney

Plans are underway for Dr Morgan to speak and participate in seminars at both Adelaide (Flinders University or State Library of South Australia, tba) and Sydney (State Library of NSW) during early November, and it is expected that interested Hakluyt Society members will be able to attend these events.
Further information and contact details about each of these launch events will be available and circulated a little later in the year.

Robert Cook and Martin Woods, January 20, 2014

Robert can be contacted be email at arcana@netspace.net.au