Old Maps Collection
Sketch of Macao
Macau. Harbour Authority, author
Braga, José Maria, 1897-1988, former owner
City Plans & Views
JPEG2000, 3257 × 4391, 20.3MB
1:30,000 (E 113°32'47"/N 22°11'59")
Physical Map Dimension (cm):
7 x 10 cm, on sheet 17 x 12 cm
This map is from the Braga Collection at the National Library of Australia. José Maria Braga -or Jack Braga, chinese name 白樂嘉- a Hongkonger of Portuguese ascending. Braga was an English Literature Professor at St. Joseph's Seminary but when he moved to Macao in 1924 took a keen interest in its history. During the 22 years he lived there he researched and published about Macao's history and the role of the Portuguese in its development. He also developed an important library on the history of the West and East encounters. This library composed of books, manuscripts, maps, pictures, newspapers and journals was acquired by both the Biblioteca Pública de Macau and the National Library of Australia. In 1966 -with the author still alive- the National Library of Australia acquired the bulk of the library with 6000 monographs and other materials in which this map is included. Braga was offered an honorarium by said Library to work on the organisation of this collection but became ill and couldn't finish this task. This is a promotional flier of the New Harbor of Macao with the intent re-establish a new commercial prosperity in Macao after many years in decline. However with a depth of water of 20 feet -less than 7 m.- at High Water, Spring Tide there were few users of this new facility.
Original is a colored printed map, 17 x 12 cm.
The 'Lappa Island' is seen on the left side of the map.
4-point compass rose right to the title com an arrow indicating north.
Relief shown by hachures.
Map outlined in double fillet.
Macao and its surroundings.
City Plans of Macao.
Braga, S. Making Impressions : The adaptation of a Portuguese family to Hong Kong, 1700-1950, p. 325
Reclamation of land
National Library of Australia
Provenance Call No.:
MAP Braga Collection Col./53/7