If New Zealand was in Europe map

This map from the 1919 Year Book shows where New Zealand would be situated if placed in the corresponding Northern Hemisphere latitude, but with east (instead of west) longitude, for comparison with countries on the Mediterranean Sea.

The map shows Tuatapere near to Trieste, Christchurch near Nice, Greymouth on Corsica, Wellington parallel with Barcelona and Auckland not far from Algiers.

The Europe shown in the map is pre-First World War and had undergone considerable changes since its outbreak. By 1919 the Russian and Austro-Hungarian empires had effectively collapsed leaving the borders of central and eastern Europe in a state of flux, as new states (Finland, Poland, Hungary, etc) proclaimed their independence and victorious established powers (Italy, Serbia, Romania, etc) pressed their claims for territorial expansion. 

Credit

New Zealand Official Year-Book, 1919.

How to cite this page: 'If New Zealand was in Europe map', URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/media/photo/if-new-zealand-was-europe-map, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 20-Dec-2012

Community contributions


Nick NZ
12 Oct 2011
With reference to this map, I suggest that it is incorrect to show NZ at east longitude, instead of west longitude, as shown on a 1970's map produced by the then Dept of Lands & Survey. Such a more recent [and correct] version was also shown in the "Pillips Childrens Atlas" by David & Jill Wright 1993, publ Reed International Books Ltd, ISBN 0540057231. I am having an argument with an Aussie website about which map is correct. I can send you a copy of the 1970's map from Dept L&S. Are you prepared to enter into such a discussion?!! Regards, Nick Lambrechtsen

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