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    • Autobiographical note and selected bibliography 

      Richardson, W A R (2013-06-28)
      William Arthur Ridley (Bill) Richardson, BA (Oxon), Dip.Ed. (Oxon), PhD (Flinders), was born in London 27 July 1924. After education at St John’s School, Leatherhead, Surrey (1937-42), he served in the British Army in the ...
    • Barrosa alias 'Barossa' 

      Richardson, W A R (National Library of Australia, 2007)
      It is fairly well known that the name Barossa, identifying South Australia’s famous wine district, the Barossa Valley, is derived from the name originally bestowed by Colonel William Light, in 1837, to the Barossa Range. ...
    • Cartographical Clues to Three Sixteenth-Century Shipwrecks in the Indian Ocean 

      Richardson, W A R (The Great Circle. Australian Association for Maritime History, 1992)
      Recent place-name studies dealt with two variant, migratory inscriptions: the island of los romeros, actually Amsterdam Island in the southern Indian Ocean; and Psitacorum regio ('The Region of Parrots'), on a fictitious ...
    • A Cartographical Nightmare - Manuel de Godinho de Eredia's Search for India Meridional 

      Richardson, W A R (Center for Portuguese Studies, University of California Santa Barbara, 1995)
      The author examines the writings and maps of Manuel Godinho de Eredia from the early 1600s, and concludes that Eredia's "increasingly contradictory and far-fetched written and cartographical portrayals of India Meridional" ...
    • Coastal Place-Name Enigmas on Early Charts and in Early Sailing Directions 

      Richardson, W A R (The English Place-Name Society, 1997)
      Those 14th, 15th, and 16th century mariners who could read almost certainly relied much more upon sailing directions (Rutters) than upon charts. Illiterate ones relied mainly upon practical experience, the lead-line and ...
    • A Critique of Spanish and Portuguese Claims to Have Discovered Australia 

      Richardson, W A R (Investigator. Geelong Historical Society, 1995)
      Claims that the Spanish and especially the Portuguese discovered Australia before the Dutch and English have gained a good deal of credence since they were first advanced. The matter is of some interest to the Geelong area ...
    • An Elizabethan Pilot's Charts (1594): Spanish Intelligence Regarding the Coasts of England and Wales at the End of the Sixteenth Century 

      Richardson, W A R (Journal of Navigation, 2000)
      Four manuscript charts of British ports, and notes on them, were made in the 1590s by an English Catholic pilot, N. Lambert. They were sent to Don Juan de Idiaquez, Philip II's secretary, through the mediation of an English ...
    • Enigmatic Indian Ocean Coastlines on Early Maps and Charts 

      Richardson, W A R (The Globe. The Australian Map Circle, 1998)
      Maps by early non-Iberian cartographers tended to rely heavily on Ptolemy's hopelessly inaccurate maps, and on a literal acceptance of Marco Polo's unreliable, second-hand writings. The identification of dubious, frequently ...
    • 'Imaginography': Sensational Pseudo-Discoveries 

      Richardson, W A R (The Skeptic, 1999)
      The latter half of the 20th century has witnessed a veritable spate of reports in the press about the finding of historical artifacts concerning whose significance sensational claims have been made.
    • 'Imaginography': sensational pseudo-discoveries 

      Richardson, W A R (Geography Teachers' Association of South Australia, 1999)
      The latter half of the 20th century has witnessed a veritable spate of reports in the press about the finding of historical artifacts concerning whose significance sensational claims have been made.
    • An Indian Ocean Pilgrimage in Search of an Island 

      Richardson, W A R (The Great Circle. Australian Association for Maritime History, 1989)
      As late as 1817, a chart of the Indian Ocean by L.S. de la Rochette was published in London by William Faden and approved by the Chart Committee of the British Admiralty. Among the numerous fascinating features on it is ...
    • Is Jave-la-Grande Australia? The Linguistic Evidence Concerning the West Coast 

      Richardson, W A R (The Globe, 1983)
      Alexander Dalrymple was by no means alone in assuming that Jave-la-Grande was Australia. James Burney stated that he found too many similarities between the east coast of Jave-la-Grande and the then known outline of ...
    • Jave-La-Grande is not Australia 

      Richardson, W A R (The Globe. The Australian Map Circle, 1992)
      The continent of Jave-la-Grande on the mid-16th century manuscript Dieppe maps has been the subject of much speculation for over two hundred years and has been claimed to provide evidence of an early Portuguese discovery ...
    • Jave-la-Grande: A Place Name Chart of its East Coast 

      Richardson, W A R (The Great Circle, Australian Association for Maritime History, 1984)
      The Harleian and other Dieppe maps made in France in the mid-16th century are manifestly based on Portuguese originals, yet no surviving Portuguese maps show any evidence of this mysterious landmass. Suggestions that the ...
    • Lyonesse and The Wolf: A Case Study in Place-Name Corruption 

      Richardson, W A R (The English Place-Name Society, University of Nottingham, 1992)
      A valuable, though seldom exploited, source of place-name research material is that provided by early manuscript and printed maps and charts, and sailing directions or rutters. Most, if not all, of the earliest maps and ...
    • Mercator's Southern Continent 

      Richardson, W A R (The Globe. The Australian Map Circle, 1992)
      The age-old concept that a vast southern landmass must of necessity exist to counterbalance that in the northern hemisphere was given graphic expression by many cartographers, including Ptolemy, Johannes Schoener and Oronce ...
    • A Non-Existent Continent 

      Richardson, W A R (The Skeptic, 2001)
      Too many people today expect early maps and charts of newly discovered lands to have similar standards of accuracy. They are unaware of how incredibly inaccurate many were. Information from different sources could be ...
    • Northampton on the Welsh Coast? Some Fifteenth and Sixteenth-Century Sailing Directions 

      Richardson, W A R (Cambrian Archaeological Association, 1995)
      Those fourteenth-, fifteenth- and sixteenth-century mariners who were literate almost certainly relied much more upon sailing directions than upon charts. A mere glance at some of the earliest surviving charts of areas ...
    • The Origin of Place-Names on Maps 

      Richardson, W A R (The Map Collector, 1991)
      Many inscriptions on early maps and charts present problems of meaning and identity which can only be resolved beyond reasonable doubt by tracing them back to their earliest recorded appearance and reducing the risk of ...
    • The Owers, Les Ours, Weembrug and 'The Old City': Place-Names, History and Submarine Archaeology 

      Richardson, W A R (Journal of the English Place-Name Society, 2001)
      Until recently, little attention has been paid to the names of features of particular interest to mariners around the coasts of the British Isles, perhaps because it was not generally realised that most of the earliest ...