A few people asked about the maps we use down here in Oz, so I’ll post two for you. The first map is the one that TheOtherBear mentioned in the comments, where Australia is in the centre. The second is called a corrective map.
Fig. 1 An Aussie World Map
The line you see running top to bottom and to the right of Oz is the international dateline. We do our maps like this because it’s just so embarrassing when someone can’t find their own country on the map (and even more embarrassing when someone tries to explain why). We learn from an early age that we should just point somewhere close to the middle.
It’s only convention that has north at the top of world maps (that, and a northern hemisphere centric view of the world), we all know there is no up or down in the universe, and we don’t know the orientation of those looking at our world from a distance. (But I assume they are mostly hetero.)
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