Another explanation is that the animal is based on a North American opossum.On 11 June 1770, James Cook's Endeavour struck a coral reef (now known as Endeavour Reef) off the coast of what is now Queensland.Mc Intyre's book was reprinted in an abridged paperback edition in 1982 and again in 1987 In 1987, the Australian Minister for Science, Barry Jones, launching the Second Mahogany Ship Symposium in Warrnambool, said "I read Kenneth Mc Intyre's important book... In 1994, Mc Intyre expressed pleasure that his theory was gaining acceptance in Australia: "It is gradually seeping through. it has been on the school syllabus, and therefore students have... Speaking in 1982, Kenneth Mc Intyre described the Dieppe maps as "the only evidence of Portuguese discovery of Eastern Australia". In 1994, Mc Intyre suggested that the writings of Pedro Nunes supported his interpretation of the distortion that occurred on the Dieppe Maps.
Fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, Collingridge was inspired by the publicity surrounding the arrival in Australia of copies of several Dieppe maps, which had been purchased by libraries in Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.He concluded: "This should surely make us hesitate to base so important assumption as that of a discovery of Australia in the sixteenth century on their unsupported testimony". Jave la Grande on the Harleian Mappemonde, as illustrated in Ernest Favenc, The history of Australian exploration from 1788 to 1888, London & Sydney, Griffith, Farran, Okeden & Welsh, Turner & Henderson, 1888. King also concentrate on the "Jave la Grande" landmass of the Dieppe maps (see below). In the late 1970s, mathematician Ian Mc Kiggan developed his theory of exponential longitude error theory to explain discrepancies, Both Lawrence Fitzgerald and Peter Trickett argue Jave la Grande is based on Portuguese sea charts, now lost, which the mapmakers of Dieppe misaligned.The development of the theory of Portuguese discovery of Australia owes much to Melbourne lawyer Kenneth Mc Intyre's 1977 book, The Secret Discovery of Australia; Portuguese ventures 200 years before Cook. persuasive, if not conclusive." also added credence to the theory of Portuguese discovery of Australia. The central plank of the theory of Portuguese discovery of Australia suggests the continent called Jave la Grande, which uniquely appears on a series of 16th-century French world maps, the Dieppe school of maps, represents Australia. Both these writers try to compare the coastal features of Jave la Grande with modern Australia's, by realigning them. Reproduction in whole or in part of this material without prior permission is strictly prohibited. All images and content are copyright and the property of Brazil