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NLA unveils restored Blaeu map

The National Library of Australia (NLA) has unveiled the restored 1663 map of Australia by cartographer Joan Blaeu for the first time, after acquiring the map in 2013.

The map was found in a Swedish warehouse in 2010. It was used as a template for all maps of Australia until 1770.

NLA director-general Marie-Louise Ayres said the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, University of Melbourne, won the tender for the specialized conservation work following an ‘overwhelming’ response to a call for donations.

The Blaeu map will be on display in the library’s Treasures Gallery until mid-2018.



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