New South Wales on the map | State Library of New South Wales

New South Wales on the map

In early 1772, Joseph Banks commissioned from John Bayly an engraving of a 1770 chart which traced Captain James Cook's survey of the coastline of eastern Australia and of New Zealand.

Banks intended the map to highlight the achievements of Cook's first voyage and promote Cook's second expedition, illustrating regions yet to be explored including the Southern Ocean and polar regions. Eventually Joseph Banks withdrew from the expedition and instead mounted an expedition to Iceland.

Inscribed with the name, New South Wales, this is the first printed map which features the eastern coastline of Australia with the name that Cook bestowed on it, along with the islands of New Zealand.


The Great Pacific Ocean, 1772 by John Bayly, Map M2 910/1772/2