Terra Australis Incognita

Pedro Fernandes de Queirós was a navigator best known for his voyages of discovery in search of the great south land. In 1605, Queiros sailed to discover Terra Australis Incognita, the great southern continent thought to exist in the Pacific.
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A map from the 16th century hints at European estimations of the southern continent / by HSIN-YI LO, 20 August 2013, Australian Geographic.

A map from the 16th century hints at European estimations of the southern continent / by HSIN-YI LO, 20 August 2013, Australian Geographic.

Worldmap of 1612 including the discovery of La Austrialia del Espiritu Santo by Pedro Fernandes de Queirós (source: Wikimedia Commons)

Worldmap of 1612 including the discovery of La Austrialia del Espiritu Santo by Pedro Fernandes de Queirós (source: Wikimedia Commons)

Map showing the routes of Mendaña and Queirós in 1595-1596, Queirós in 1605-1606, and Torres in 1606. From vol. 2 of Queirós’s The Voyages of Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, 1595-1606, translated and edited by Clements Markham (London, 1904). From the Princeton University Library collection.

Map showing the routes of Mendaña and Queirós in 1595-1596, Queirós in 1605-1606, and Torres in 1606. From vol. 2 of Queirós’s The Voyages of Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, 1595-1606, translated and edited by Clements Markham (London, 1904). From the Princeton University Library collection.

Ile Marina ou Marena: Tierra Australia del Espiritu Santo, découverte par Queiroz & Torres,1er May 1606. The island Queiroz discovered, now called Espiritu Santo, is part of Vanuatu.

Ile Marina ou Marena: Tierra Australia del Espiritu Santo, découverte par Queiroz & Torres,1er May 1606. The island Queiroz discovered, now called Espiritu Santo, is part of Vanuatu.

Find out more about the acquisition of the Queiros Memorials at our Acquisitions blog

Find out more about the acquisition of the Queiros Memorials at our Acquisitions blog

Celsus John Kelly (1900-1975), a friar of the Holy Spirit Franciscan Province, had a passionate interest in researching Portuguese and Spanish explorations in search of Terra Australis. (The Celsus Kelly Collection | St Paschal Library)

Celsus John Kelly (1900-1975), a friar of the Holy Spirit Franciscan Province, had a passionate interest in researching Portuguese and Spanish explorations in search of Terra Australis. (The Celsus Kelly Collection | St Paschal Library)

Navigator notes arrive 400 years on by Jared Owens.   The Australian (2013,  August 16)

Navigator notes arrive 400 years on by Jared Owens. The Australian (2013, August 16)

Two extraordinarily rare 17th century Spanish documents – considered the 'holy grail' of Australiana – were recently acquired by the Library and unveiled by NSW State Librarian Alex Byrne and Minister for the Arts, George Souris.

Two extraordinarily rare 17th century Spanish documents – considered the 'holy grail' of Australiana – were recently acquired by the Library and unveiled by NSW State Librarian Alex Byrne and Minister for the Arts, George Souris.

Discovery of Australia by de Quiros in the Year 1606.  Written by Patrick F. Cardinal Moran, Archbishop of Sydney. (Project Gutenberg eBook)

Discovery of Australia by de Quiros in the Year 1606. Written by Patrick F. Cardinal Moran, Archbishop of Sydney. (Project Gutenberg eBook)


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Pedro Fernandes de Queiros, foi um navegador e explorador português (1565-1614).

Pedro Fernandes de Queiros, foi um navegador e explorador português (1565-1614).

Ile Marina ou Marena: Tierra Australia del Espiritu Santo, découverte par Queiroz & Torres,1er May 1606. The island Queiroz discovered, now called Espiritu Santo, is part of Vanuatu.

Ile Marina ou Marena: Tierra Australia del Espiritu Santo, découverte par Queiroz & Torres,1er May 1606. The island Queiroz discovered, now called Espiritu Santo, is part of Vanuatu.

.Osmanlılarda coğrafyaya ait eserler yazılması XV. asrın ortalarından îtibaren fütuhatın iyice artmasiyle aşamalı olarak yayılmış ve XVI.XVII. yüzyıl son yarısına kadar gitmiştir. Fatih Sultan Mehmet Batlamyus'un coğrafyaya ait levhalarını inceleyerek bunların aslına mutabık bir tarzda tertibini emreylemiştir.  En eski Türkçe coğrafya kitabı Yazıcızâde Ahmed Bican Efendi tarafından 857 H. 1453 M. de Gelibolu da tercüme suretiyle vücuda getirilmiştir.

.Osmanlılarda coğrafyaya ait eserler yazılması XV. asrın ortalarından îtibaren fütuhatın iyice artmasiyle aşamalı olarak yayılmış ve XVI.XVII. yüzyıl son yarısına kadar gitmiştir. Fatih Sultan Mehmet Batlamyus'un coğrafyaya ait levhalarını inceleyerek bunların aslına mutabık bir tarzda tertibini emreylemiştir. En eski Türkçe coğrafya kitabı Yazıcızâde Ahmed Bican Efendi tarafından 857 H. 1453 M. de Gelibolu da tercüme suretiyle vücuda getirilmiştir.

Graaff, Isaac de, 1667-1743. [Uitslaande kaart van den Maleischen Archipel, de Noord- en West-kusten van Australie, 1690-1714] [cartographic material] = [Folding chart of the Malay Archipelago, the North- and West-coast of Australia]

Graaff, Isaac de, 1667-1743. [Uitslaande kaart van den Maleischen Archipel, de Noord- en West-kusten van Australie, 1690-1714] [cartographic material] = [Folding chart of the Malay Archipelago, the North- and West-coast of Australia]

Beaver map    http://usm.maine.edu/maps/exhibition/16/1/sub-/i-of-maps-and-beavers

Beaver map http://usm.maine.edu/maps/exhibition/16/1/sub-/i-of-maps-and-beavers

Historical world map from Johannes de Armsschein c1482.

Historical world map from Johannes de Armsschein c1482.

Painting of Chinese government forces attacking a Taiping stronghold at Tientsin (now Tianjin) in northern China in the 1860s

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Painting of Chinese government forces attacking a Taiping stronghold at Tientsin (now Tianjin) in northern China in the 1860s

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