ANZMAPS email list moving to new host

The ANZMAPS yahoogroups email list, along with all groups on Yahoogroups, be closed down by Yahoo on Tue 15 Dec 2020.

We have now set up a replacement email list for the Society, hosted by

Visit the list's home page at for details on how to subscribe to the list, and how to post messages.

Anyone is welcome to join the email list, but we encourage everyone to become financial members of the Society too, for maximum benefits.

We look forward to having you on board!

Mapping Pacific Places (online event)

Mapping Pacific Places - Due to Covid restrictions now in place, ANZMapS 2020 has been remodeled as an online event, to be streamed by the National Library of Australia, on Thursday September 10.

Details of how to view talks and ask questions of speakers to follow soon. This will be a free online event open to all.

"When Magellan entered the Pacific in 1520 he could not have imagined the magnitude of the Pacific Ocean, which he believed could be crossed in a few weeks. This expedition began centuries of speculation and exploration and an explosion of cartographic publications."

Pacific Ocean engraved on steel by Gray & Son
Glasgow : Published by Blackie, Fullarton & Co., Edinburgh, 1826.

At this one day online seminar we will explore ideas of the Pacific from "Magellanica" to the present, and reassess the role of maps in understanding - and misunderstanding - its knowledge, peoples and cultures.

More information

ANZMapS Participation Survey results

With apologies for the delay in publishing the results - Christmas, New Year and the fire season brought a temporary pause to efforts in getting these to you.

We received 66 responses - this is quite a good return in terms of the likely pool, and on behalf of the committee sincere thanks to all those who responded.

Apart from the interesting information represented in the graphs, there are loads of suggestions around improving communications, how to make ANZMapS more relevant or interesting, and a clear willingness to share knowledge/information.

Its interesting too what a diverse bunch we are in some ways, with a broad range of interests (more than just maps).

The committee will look at the many ideas and suggestions to guide our program, events and communication in the coming months and longer term.

Having read the survey results and comments, please circulate any further thoughts through the ANZMapS email list, or send to

Robert Streit wins inaugural student presentation award

The 2019 ANZMapS conference, 'Mapping in Action', held at the National Library of Australia on 24-25 September, focused on presentations by students about the use of mapping in their research. The $1000 prize for best student presentation was awarded to Robert Streit , a PhD student with the Reef fish ecology and evolution lab at James Cook University, Townsville, for his presentation on "Space use in reef fishes: why we need maps in reef ecology" Congratulations Robert! Robert prize Robert being awarded his prize by ANZMapS president Dr Martin Woods. group2 All our student presenters (l to r: Kirrily Apthorp/ANU, Percy Rakoto/RMIT, Mae Noble/ANU, Inge Riebe/ANU, Oscar So/RMIT, Cynthia Parayiwa/ANU, Robert Streit/JCU, Hedvig Skirgard/ANU, Melissa Pineda Pinto/Swinburne; absent: Micah Edwards/Nowra Christian School & Nicholas Skopal/ANU)

ANZMapS participation survey

The ANZMapS committee is seeking ways to connect with new audiences, to ensure that existing members get value for their membership and have input into future directions. We have devised a SURVEY to collect your views and hear about your experience of the Society. By completing this 5-10 minute survey, you will help us assess current activities and consider potential new directions. All responses to the survey are confidential, and individual responses will not be identified in the reporting of findings. The survey will be available throughout October, and you are welcome to share it with others you think may be interested.

Registration for “Mapping in Action” now open

Registration is now open for the special event, "Mapping in Action", to be held at the National Library of Australia in Canberra, Tue-Wed 24-25 September 2019.   Mapping in Action brings together spatial science students, historians and map lovers for this unique ANZMapS event. “Mapping in Action will showcase the latest in spatial information, data visualisation and historical mapping, with prizes awarded the best presentations, and open the doors to Australia’s largest map collection. Its my pleasure to introduce such a diverse group of speakers and subjects.” Dr Martin Woods, Senior Curator of Maps and Research at the National Library of Australia Over two days, Mapping in Action will show how linguistic properties of Indigenous placenames can be mapped, how maps are used to understand Marine Protection, the ecosystem of Port Phillip Bay, the British Music Trade, cultural practices in Papua New Guinea, Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, and much more. There are new tools, including Geoscience Australia’s Aerial Photography Through Time, and the National Library’s Mapwarper. Day 2 will include a behind the scenes tour of the Library’s vast map collection. See the Event webpage for registration details.

2019 ANZMapS ‘Mapping in Action’

ANZMapS' Mapping In Action special event will be held at the National Library of Australia, Canberra on Tue 24 and Wed 25 September 2019. The Conference Committee is now seeking submissions for presentations. Share with other researchers how maps and spatial science help us interact with, interpret and understand society, the environment, history and science. Call for Presentations  Outlines (200 words): submit here Deadline for submission: Friday 31 July 2019. The Dorothy Prescott Prize for best presentation will receive $500 and publication in The Globe. This year there is also a special $1000 prize for the best student presentation! Registration Full registration: $40 per day ($80 for 2 days). Student registration: $20 per day ($40 for 2 days) Registration includes morning/afternoon tea and lunch. Check the conference page for updates. Proceedings Sessions will be held on Tuesday 24th and the morning of Wednesday 25th September, followed by a visit behind the scenes of the NLA's Map Collection on Wednesday afternoon. View the unique maps and ephemera that make up Australia's largest map collection. ANZMapS Membership Presenters and attendees are not required to be members, but why not join up anyway, and receive 2 issues of our journal The Globe each year. Annual membership only $60! Annual student membership only $30! Join here.