Event – THE SECRETS OF EARLY MAPS

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.

 

 


Just landed – Our keynote speaker on the Hartog 400th Anniversary

The third Keynote speaker at our Annual conference in September will be Dr van Duivenvoorde who will be giving a presentation on Dirk Hartog’s landing in Western Australia (1616–2016): An Archaeological and Historical Context.

Location Of Hartog Inscription Plate - Victor Victorsz NL

Location Of Hartog Inscription Plate – Victor Victorsz NL

This year marks the quadricentennial of the first confirmed European arrival in Western Australia. On 25 October 1616, Dutch skipper Dirk Hartog and his crew landed at the northern tip of what is known today as Cape Inscription on Dirk Hartog Island in Shark Bay.  One of the most significant early European sites in Australia, his crew left behind a pewter plate as a testimony of their arrival and departure. This presentation discusses Hartog’s life, his reputation and experience as an accomplished seafarer, and even suggests that he purposely navigated into Australian waters.  It also investigates the archaeological and historical context of the Hartog Inscription Plate—now featured in the Rijksmuseum collection.  Emphasising the nature of similar monuments left by European explorers in the Indian Ocean region and contemporary ship communication practices, it places Hartog and the Inscription plate into the broader setting of seventeenth-century Dutch seafaring activities and exploration.

Dr Wendy van Duivenvoorde is a senior lecturer in maritime archaeology at Flinders University and deputy director of the Australian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres. She is also affiliated faculty with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University. Dr van Duivenvoorde’s research primarily focuses on ships of exploration and Indiamen, and includes the archaeological remains of Western Australia’s Dutch East Indiamen shipwrecks.

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ANZMapS 2016 programme released

The 44th annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Map Society, Encircled by sea, will be held in Wollongong, New South Wales, September 7 – 9, 2016.

Australia and New Zealand share a common history of exploration and settlement along the coastal fringes. The 2016 conference will explore the European discovery and gradual mapping and settlement of Australia and New Zealand and the significant role explorers, surveyors and cartographers have played in shaping and documenting the changing coastal landscape over more than 200 years. The conference program also acknowledges the 400th anniversary of the landing of Dirk Hartog in his vessel the Eendracht off the coast of Shark Bay, on 25 October 1616.

The provisional programme is now 2016 Provisional-Programme Continue Reading



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.


The Globe on Sale for $10!

The Globe is the journal of the Australian and New Zealand Map Society Inc. (ANZMapS). It includes selected papers from the ANZMapS annual conference, contributed articles, reviews and reports. Articles and papers are peer-reviewed.

We are offering a discount for back issues 2010 and earlier. Usually $15 per publication – you can purchase 2010 and earlier issues for $10. You can find listings for earlier issues on our Publications page.  Not a member? When you join ANZMapS you get every issue of the Globe as part of your membership.


Why there are sea monsters lurking in early world maps?

That’s the playful moniker Dory Klein of the Boston Public Library uses for the creatures found in centuries old maps. She’s an education and outreach assistant at the library’s Norman B. Leventhal Map Center.“In the Medieval and Renaissance period in Europe, people didn’t really know what was out there,” Klein says. “So your corpus of knowledge came from folklore and the Bible. And so in that world, monsters could very well be real and they were just part of this supernatural landscape. Background to the popular twitter hastag #MapMonsterMonday –  http://short.pri.org/QizxeAC