Abel Tasman. Mapping the Southern Lands
MORE THAN 300 YEARS AGO, a Dutch sailor named ABEL TASMAN stood on the prow of a ship that he and his crew had sailed across wild, unchartered waters. In the distance, through a shroud of mist, the rugged outline of steep hills rose from the ocean waves. COULD THIS BE TERRA AUSTRALIS - THE GREAT SOUTHERN LAND? Abel Tasman and his crew were most likely the first Europeans the Aboriginal people of Australia and the Maori of New Zealand had ever seen. JOIN THE JOURNEY and DISCOVER THE LEGACY left behind.
Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands has been extensively researched by author Maria Gill and beautifully illustrated by Marco Ivancic - the winning team of the 2016 Supreme Book of the Year,Anzac Heroes. Look inside: www.mariagill.co.nz/abeltasman.html
About Maria Gill
New Zealand author Maria Gill is touring her book Abel Tasman:
“It’s 375 years since Dutch explorer Abel Tasman ventured out to find the unknown Southern Lands,” said author and teacher Maria Gill. “I wanted to time my trip to Nelson and Tasmania with Abel Tasman commemorations.”
The Dutch Embassies in Australia and New Zealand have sponsored the tour in Australia and New Zealand.
“I’ll be sharing Abel Tasman’s story with children in libraries and schools,” said Maria Gill. “Abel Tasman put Tasmania, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands on the global map for the first time – it’s a significant story to tell.”
Maria Gill says she happened on the tale when she visited the Tasman area in the North Island of New Zealand several years ago. “I discovered that Abel Tasman had once labelled Golden Bay on his map, Murderers Cove. I had to find out more.”
Maria Gill has written 55 books, many of which have shortlisted. In another collaboration with illustrator Marco Ivancic, who also illustrated ‘Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands’, their book Anzac Heroes won the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults Non-fiction prize, as well as the Supreme Book of the Year award.
Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands is published with Scholastic and available in Australia and New Zealand due out November 1st.