Original NSW 1790 map




Dick & Pip Smith

The discovery of Lord Howe Island is closely linked with the settlement of Australia by Europeans and the establishment of a penal colony on Norfolk Island. This original 1790 map shows all three settlements – New South Wales, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island, and detail of Sydney Cove.

This map provides a valuable addition to the museum collection and forms an integral part of the displays in the James Dorman Historical gallery. The donation was made by Dick and Pip Smith, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Dick’s first climb of Ball’s Pyramid in 1964, and included a custom-made frame.

Other past projects

Zoom In!

A recent major acquisition at the Museum was the purchase of a digital microscope, the Micro-Eye built in New Zealand by Micro-Imaging.

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Woodhen book

This book gives information on often asked questions about the Woodhen, plus the story of its rescue from the brink of extinction in 1980. The production was provided by LHI Museum volunteer committee members Ian Hutton, Sue Nichols and Margaret Murray.

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1960s souvenir booklet

Shirley had this booklet reprinted in memory of her mother, and to support the Lord Howe Island Museum. The original was one of the first booklets available to tourists after World War II.

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Electricity generator

This generator has been part of the museum’s collection for some 20 years. Funds were used to engage local mechanic, Bing Simpson, to give the generator conservation treatment to limit future oxidation and preserve the original character.

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World Heritage book

This lavish 264 page colour book is a celebration of World Heritage Lord Howe Island. Sponsorship of the book came following a visit to the Island by Michael Looker, Director of the Nature Conservancy (Australia), who felt that it is important to promote Lord Howe Island as an example of world’s best practice environmental management by the Lord Howe Island Board and the New South Wales government.

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