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Myths of Discovery and Settler Identity: Probing the 'first' Crossing of the Blue Mountains after 200 years

Thomas, Martin


While it is tempting to regard maps as re-creations of the landscapes they depict, at root they are aids for navigation. As a lifelong admirer of the charts Myles Dunphy created for fellow bushwalkers of the Blue Mountains, peppered with advice and warnings ('extremely steep', 'bad drinking water'), I have come to accept that departures from verisimilitude are admissible, and often necessary, if the map is to truly serve the traveller. Something analogous applies to works of history, for a...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Australian Colonial History


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