2017 membership renewals now due

It’s time to renew your membership for 2017.
Fees remain the same at A$50 for individuals and institutions worldwide, and A$30 for students.
Go to http://www.anzmaps.org/membership/ where you can pay online via paypal or direct deposit,
or you can download our 2017 membership form, and mail it to us with a cheque or your credit card details.


Hear from Chet Van Duzer as he reveals secrets uncovered by multispectral imaging of the Henricus Martellus World Map, thought to be one of the most important of the fifteenth century. Dr Martin Woods, Curator of Maps at the National Library and Denyl Cloughley, Manager of Preservation Services, lift the veil on the history and ongoing challenges of preserving the Blaeu wall map of New Holland.

To be held at the National Library of Australia on 12 September at 5.30 pm. https://www.anzmaps.org/event/the-secrets-of-early-maps/

Conference Field trip – Friday 9 September

As part of our ANZMapS conference programme we will be including a Field trip on the Friday.

The excursion will commence at 9.30 and will include a visit to the Science Centre & Planetarium, where we will be taking a tour of the cosmos with Astrophysicist Dr Stacey Palen. Cosmic Journey begins on Earth and then shifts to the most distant reaches of the universe. The show features images from NASA’s observatories and the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spiter Space Telescope. Cosmic Journey was created by the Ott Planetarium at Weber State University.

We will then move on to the Australian Hydrographic Service, based in Wollongong, with a presentation and tour led by Lewis Pietrini.

Following lunch at a local sight of great beauty ( still to be chosen!) we will head to the Wollongong’s Local History Library for an overview of the Local History Library including their map collections.The day should finish around 3 pm.

Costs for the day are included in the full registration fee and include lunch.

If you have already registered for the conference it would be appreciated if you could register for the Field Trip through the Eventbrite website. www.anzmaps2016.eventbrite.com.au. If you are yet to register please indicate your attendance when you complete the registration process.

Further information on the conference is available on the events page of our website.



National Library – Free download of maps

In January 2016 the National Library of Australia launched its free download service.      Download icon

Over the past 15 years the National Library of Australia has digitised over 40,000 maps, from early European mapping to twentieth century Australian out of copyright series. The decision to release all its out of copyright digitised maps for free download in high resolution is about how people make use of maps. Maps are more detailed media than most other formats – some maps have enormous amounts of data on them – a single printed topographic map might have a thousand places recorded, contours, landscape details like roads, buildings, terrain, waterways, even individual buildings. They might be 50 or 100 years old or older, and the information is lost other than on the map held here at the NLA. People are now more interested and have the tools to explore the past, and old maps give us the way in to those past places. By making them freely downloadable, there is nothing preventing this.

The NLA’s maps are all available through the Library catalogue, on Trove or through search engines like Google. The maps are downloadable in high resoltution Tif or compressed JPEG formats.

Find your favourite map and download it today!

NLA catalogue: http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/

Trove Maps: http://trove.nla.gov.au/map

Points, lines and polygons – the art of making maps

If you are interested in maps, you might like to check out a major exhibition on at the National Library, Wellington. ‘Unfolding the Map’ explores the history and the future of cartography in New Zealand. Also in Wellington, Victoria University of Wellington and the National Library are partnering  in a series of map-related talks, on how mapping can be applied to the study of people, geography, the weather, and even literary works.

21 April: ‘Mapping Forced Migration; and Humanity on the Move’ with Kate McMillan and Simone Gigliotti

5 May 2016: ‘The Changing Face of Aotearoa’ with Kevin Norton, Senior lecturer physical geography

11 May: ‘The Future of Maps’ with Aaron Jordan, Topography Group Manager at Land Information New Zealand (LINZ)

17 May: ‘How to Find a Storm: Maps of the Weather’ with Professor James Renwick and Erick Brenstrum.

26 May: ‘Telling new stories with old maps’ with Dr Sydney Shep, Wai-te-Ata Press

All talks are at the National Library and you can find more information on their website.