Why is australia called australia?

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Date created: Mon, Mar 15, 2021 3:31 PM
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  • The name Australia is derived from the Latin australis, meaning "southern", and specifically from the hypothetical Terra Australis postulated in pre-modern geography. The name was popularised by the explorer Matthew Flinders from 1804, and it has been in official use since 1817, replacing "New Holland," the Dutch name, as the name for the continent.

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