WHEN the owner of the Milawa general store saw an article in The Border Mail about a new National Library exhibition of maps from the 1600s, she wondered whether one she had been given was a treasured part of Australian history.
Angie McCormack saved the map from what could have been ashes after a man who was moving into a nursing home asked her to burn it with other possessions.
She said she was offered money from a customer for the map and it sparked curiosity about its value.
“I wouldn’t mind being able to afford a holiday,” she said.
The map was originally drawn by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman and is missing the eastern side of the country.
The Border Mail made inquiries with map dealers and it became clear Ms McCormack did not possess the treasure she was hoping.
Antique Print Room director Louis Kissajukian said the map was a reproduction of an antique and was only worth about $50.
“It’s not significant and easily replaceable,” he said.
Ms McCormack said the map still meant something to her, even if it meant she would not get that holiday.
“It’s interesting and probably something people in Milawa haven’t seen before,” she said.
Ms McCormack said the map will stay hanging in the kitchen of the general store.
“It’s a talking point and I hope it encourages interest in Australian history.”
The National Library’s exhibition charting the history of Australia being mapped begins in Canberra next month.