Ulimaroa was a name given to Australia by the Swedish geographer and cartographer Daniel Djurberg in 1776.[1] Djurberg adapted the name from Olhemaroa, a Māori word found in Hawkesworth's edition of Captain James Cook and Sir Joseph Banks' journals which is thought to have been a misunderstood translation — the Māori were actually referring to Grand Terre, the largest island of New Caledonia.[1] Djurberg believed the name meant something like "big red land", whereas modern linguists believe it meant "long hand" — echoing the geography of Grand Terre.[1] The spurious name continued to be reproduced on certain European maps, particularly some Austrian, Czech, German and Swedish maps, until around 1820.,[1] including in Carl Almqvist's 1817 novel Parjumouf Saga ifrån Nya Holland (Stockholm, 1817).

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  1. ^ a b c d "Ulimaroa: a misnomer for Australia". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)