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Eastern portion of Australia [cartographic material] / by John Arrowsmith
Bib ID 585706
Format MapMap, OnlineOnline
Arrowsmith, John, 1790-1873
Online Versions
Scale Scale [ca. 1:5,000,000] (E 130°00'--E 154°00'/S 9°00'--S 38°00') 
Description London : Pubd. ... by John Arrowsmith, 10 Soho Square, May 1st., 1841 
1 map : col. ; 63 x 48 cm. 

Rex Nan Kivell collection of maps.

Rex Nan Kivell Collection ; Map NK 2456/107B.

Full contents
  • Insets: Torres Strait
  • Van Diemens Land. On the same scale as the map.

Edward John Eyre (5 August 1815-30 November 1901) was an English land explorer of the Australian continent, colonial administrator, and a controversial Governor of Jamaica. South Australia's Lake Eyre, Eyre Peninsula, Eyre Creek, Eyre Highway (the main highway from South Australia to Western Australia), and the Eyre Hotel in Whyalla are named in his honour, as are the villages of Eyreton and West Eyreton in Canterbury, New Zealand. Born in Whipsnade, Bedfordshire, after completing grammar school at Louth and Sedbergh, he moved to Sydney rather than join the army or go to university. He gained experience in the new land by boarding with and forming friendships with prominent gentlemen and became a flock owner when he bought 400 lambs a month before his 18th birthday. When South Australia was founded, Eyre brought 1,000 sheep and 600 cattle overland from Monaro, New South Wales to Adelaide and sold them for a large profit. With this money Eyre set out to explore the interior of South Australia, with two separate expeditions north to the Flinders Ranges and west to beyond Ceduna. Eyre, together with his Aboriginal companion Wylie, was the first European to traverse the coastline of the Great Australian Bight and the Nullarbor Plain by land in 1840-1841 on an almost 2000 mile trip to Albany, Western Australia. It was in 1840 that he discovered Lake Eyre. He had originally led the expedition with John Baxter and three aborigines. Two of the aborigines killed Baxter and left with most of the supplies, and Eyre and Wylie were only able to survive because they were rescued by a French whaling ship at Rossiter Bay, under the command of Captain Rossiter, which chanced to be there. Eyre named the bay after the captain. In addition to exploring inland South Australia and New South Wales, Eyre was instrumental in maintaining peace between white settlers and aborigines along the Murray River.


Eastern half of map of Australia showing counties, some description of topography, dates of discovery. This state of the map is characterised by the insertion of a large Lake Torrens, as well as marks the furthest point of Edward John Eyre's exploratory track in 1840. Relief shown by hachures and spot heights.

MAP NK 2456/107B copy Also available online

Rex Nan Kivell Collection Map NK 2456/107B.

Cited In

Tooley, 83.

Subjects Australia, Eastern -- Discovery and exploration -- Maps.
Time Coverage 1841 

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