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!

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.

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.

New NLA Map Georeferencer

NLA Maps Georectifier has been designed to georeference and publish a set of historical maps on Open Street Map.  Georectification (or georeferencing), simply means marking recognisable points on both the historical map and another map, in this case Open Street Map. The pilot is now ready for trialling and comment  –

The data set currently comprises about 1000 digitised parish and town maps of NSW/ACT and nearby regions. Over the next six-months, the Library plans to add a layer of topographic maps, and wider geographic coverage. The tool allows users to setup a login to georeference the maps. Once enough points have been added, the map is then submitted for rectification, and published for online use. Its actually quite fun and addictive – a bit of a Tetris exercise to get the maps to match up. The Library is hopeful too, that a few more keenly interested individuals will become publishers…


Patricia Alonso Award 2018 prizewinner: James Embury

Each year the Society awards the Patricia Alonso Memorial Prize to the best Third Year student in RMIT’s Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) degree.

The prize consists of  a $500 award, plus one year’s membership of ANZMapS.

The award is made at the student awards dinner in August of the following year.

In 2018, the award for best third year student in the class of 2017, was made to James Embury, and presented by ANZMapS’ past president Greg Eccleston.

Congratulations James!

Student dinner 2018

Contacting ANZMapS?

Have you contacted us through our website contact form and not received a reply?

We have discovered that our contact form was not forwarding your email address to us, so we have been unable to reply to you.

We have now identified and fixed the problem, and apologise if you thought we were ignoring you.

Please contact us using our contact form  , or email us directly, and we will be happy to respond to your comments or enquiries.


Brendan Whyte, for the ANZMapS committee.




Register now! GeoCart’2018 workshops: Historical Maps Online and ANZMapS Map Conservation.

The Australian and New Zealand Map Society is proud to offer two workshops preceding GeoCart’2018: Historical Maps Online and ANZMapS Map Conservation. These will be taught by Christopher Fleet of the National Library of Scotland and Margaret Morris of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Both workshops are a half-day in duration and will be held on 4 September 2018. Each workshop must be registered for separately and space is limited, so register today!


Last Call for Contributions to our annual conference in New Zealand – GeoCart’2018

We’ve extended the Call for Contributions deadline an additional four days to this upcoming Friday. This is your final opportunity to submit an abstract on cartography, map curatorship, history of cartography or exploration, geovisualisation, GIS, or a related topic at GeoCart’2018. Visit for more information and to submit your abstract for presenting at the conference or competing in the Young Geospatial Competitions.

The final deadline for abstract submissions is midnight on Friday, 25 May.

Please share this with any other interested persons who may not be aware of the deadline. We encourage anyone with an interest in presenting to submit.

The Geoscience of Where

The following session of the Australian Geoscience Council Convention (AGCC 2018) to be held in Adelaide 14-18 October 2018 is likely to be of interest to member:

Session 4.4.2 The Geoscience of Where

The science of accurately measuring and understanding the temporal variation of the shape and orientation of the Earth and features on Earth, and the associated technologies used to understand the globe and creatively structure information according to location, are driving innovation and productivity across society. In the 21st century, new technologies and techniques allow us to measure Earth’s properties with unprecedented accuracy and precision, opening up new applications in this field. This session will include presentations on the science and applications of geodesy, including cutting edge developments in positioning and implementation of a dynamic datum; advances in the way Geospatial Information is spatially referenced to the Earth through discrete global gridding systems; and developments in geospatial and positioning infrastructures.
Gary Johnston (Geoscience Australia)
Simon Costello (Geoscience Australia)

The convention’s second circular has just been released,
and all details can be found on the website