Tourist map of the National Park, N.S.W. Australia1934

by A.A Cooke

When the National Park (now known as Royal National Park) was established in 1879, it was the first in Australia, and the second national park to be established in the world (Yellowstone National Park, USA, being the first). It has been a popular place of recreation ever since. Avid bushwalkers Myles Dunphy and Ninian Melville both contributed to this map, with Melville checking and measuring the tracks and Dunphy undertaking fieldwork and submitting new placenames. Although bushwalking was becoming an increasingly popular pursuit at the time, tourist maps often lacked the level of detail bushwalkers needed. To address this gap, many bushwalkers themselves made significant contributions to the mapping of bushland, as demonstrated here.