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Selina Hall: Australia

Map: AUNZ2836
 
Cartographer: Selina Hall
Title: Australia
Date: c. 1850
Published: London
Width: 20 inches / 51 cm
Height: 16 inches / 41 cm
Map ref: AUNZ2836
Description:
Large map of Australia showing the country's early divisions prior to the creation of Queensland and the Northern Territories. New South Wales dominates the eastern half of the continent, while the centre is entirely unknown.

This map is attributed to Selina Hall, one of many largely-uncredited women who took over cartographic firms after their husbands' deaths. Confusingly, Selina signed her maps 'S. Hall', which has meant that her work is often confused with her husband Sidney Hall's. We can be quite certain in our attribution here as Sidney died in 1831 while many of the counties shown on the map were not created until the 1840s.

Sidney Hall's New General Atlas was published in multiple editions between 1830 and c.1860 by various iterations of the Longman firm of publishers. Editions after Sidney's death in 1831 were often updated by Selina Hall to show contemporary developments.

Original hand-colour. [AUNZ2836]