Where’s Queensland Australia? No it’s not There.

You would think it would be such an easy thing to do in this day and age of the computer, to find out where a State is in Australia, but it seems that is not the case. I kid you not. It seems some sources in America anyway couldn’t find Queensland, or could they? Yes CNN stuffed up so to speak, well and truly while they were reporting about Cyclone Yasi which found its way across the State of Queensland and done a fair bit of damage.

On national television CNN showed a map of Australia, with Queensland in Tasmania, yes it is hard to imagine, but that is what happened. How did this come about you might ask, well it seems someone went looking for Queenstown instead of Queensland, Queenstown is a town in Tasmania. A mistake that anyone could make I grant you, but a media giant such as CNN? They have reported about Queensland before, the floods in Queensland just last month for example, so really the mistake has become a bit of a joke.

If you have a look at the real map of Australia, you will see that Queensland is a very large state, Queensland’s size is 1.7 million square kilometres, which is:
*nearly seven times larger than the United Kingdom
*larger than South Africa
*more than twice the size of Pakistan.

wikimedia commons.

So to make matters worse or I should say even more bizarre Australia seems to have a new State, as reported in the UK Daily Mail (now removed as far as I can tell) that the State of Capricornia seems to have escaped most of the flood damage. Yes Queensland is cut in half, and above Queensland is the State of Capricornia, I ask you where on earth did they find this State? Actually another question of course is:-  Where on earth did they find this map?

source Tim Blair

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6 Responses to Where’s Queensland Australia? No it’s not There.

  1. malc50 says:

    Hi mags, Gives a whole new meaning to the expression “put on the map” (make famous, publicize, as in the incident got on the national news and put our community on the map), doesn’t it? Cheers.

  2. travelrat says:

    Capricornia is a fictitious state in a book of the same name by Xavier Herbert, which I’ve been trying to plough through for the last two years … they claim the book was the basis for the film ‘Australia’ (I haven’t seen that, either, although the DVD is in the ‘must watch’ pile.)

    I had the impression, though, that Capricornia was based on the Northern Territory???

    However, last year, I did read in the Courier/Mail that someone was proposing that Northern Queensland form a new state; maybe someone’s jumping the gun?

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi travelrat,
      Very interesting about Capricornia, that must of been where they got the extra State from how on earth could a newspaper like the Daily Mail make such a mistake.

      Yes you are right about them proposing to form a new State, but that actually happens every year, there is a debate going on about daylight saving. Some people would like Queensland to have daylight savings, but of course in the Tropics it’s a bit of a different situation than other States, so some suggested to put daylight saving in just for the southern part of Queensland. It’s sort of an on going argument that will last for awhile I feel.

  3. Jemma says:

    Ha, this made me laugh. Oh America. Reminds me of the Fox news coverage during the riots in Egypt. Apparently, Egypt has moved somewhere more central and Iraq is off the map altogether! http://failuremag.com/images/uploads/editors_blog/fox_news_map_fail.jpg

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