ANZMAPS Webinar Wed 14 July

Wed 14 Jul
12:00 pm AEST / 2:00 pm NZST

In the second instalment of this year’s ANZMapS Webinar Series we will hear from experts talking about the latest innovations in the State and National mapping programs of Australia & NZ.

Karl Baker – Land Information New Zealand
Mapping New Zealand in 2021 – Respecting past and present products as we look to future! A presentation on maps and future possibilities…

Dmitar Butrovski – Geoscience Australia
Enabling Access to Geoscience Australia’s Aerial Photography Collection – a journey from aerial survey films to digital downloads

Geoscience Australia is the custodian of a large aerial survey film archive holding aerial photography from 1928 to mid-1990s originally captured for mapping purposes.  Until more recently, it was difficult for public to find specific aerial photos and to access that information as digital images.  Geoscience Australia has developed a new catalogue application which enables anyone to find and download digitised aerial photographs at fraction of time and free of charge.

Jodie Howie and Simon Haycock – Queensland Department of Resources
Queensland Topographic Mapping Program offered by the Department of Resources

The traditional delivery of Topographic Information via printed maps has changed.  Recent spatial application developments and state-wide datasets has created opportunities for Topographic mapping to be supplied by spatial applications such as QTopo, basemap services and pre-generated map downloads.  The presentation will discuss the changes that enabled this new delivery and the future directions for Topographic and basemap mapping.

Register here:

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.

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.