Intriguing Japanese map of Australia from 1862 shows a very different view of the country... but what do the borders mean?

A rare hand-coloured map of the world from 1862 shows how the Japanese misunderstood Australia's borders. 

The map, which has been acquired by the State Library of NSW, features blue and red-inked boundaries dividing Australia into sections that are very different from the state boundaries we see today.

New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and most of South Australia are marked as one area in red, along with the northern-most part of the Northern Territory and a small south-west section of Western Australia. 

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