In January 2016 the National Library of Australia launched its free download service.
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
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 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.
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
The call for papers for the 2016 conference has been extended to May 4. Details on the conference to be held on September 7 – 9 in Wollongong, NSW are available on the Events page. Inquiries Maggie Patton
Encircled by sea: mapping coastal communities of Australia and New Zealand.
The 44th annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Map Society will be held in Wollongong, New South Wales, September 7 – 9, 2016.
Encircled by sea, 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 landscapes 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.
Call for papers
Papers will be considered relating to any historical or contemporary aspects of coastal mapping of Australia and New Zealand from the earliest European discoveries through to the gradual surveying and settlement of coastal cities, towns and communities along our coastlines over the past 400 years.
Papers on general historical or contemporary mapping of Australia, New Zealand and the surrounding region will also be considered as providing context and breadth to the conference program.
Please send proposals for 30 minute papers of no more than 300 words to Maggie Patton (email@example.com) by Monday May 4, 2016. Please include affiliation details.
Robert Young will be speaking about William Branwhite Clarke, the subject of his recent publication This wonderfully strange country : Rev. W. B. Clarke, colonial scientist.
The first of IMIA Asia-Pacific’s meetups for 2016: Map Publishing and Retail in the Digital Age
Venue: Level 4, 575 Bourke Street Melbourne
Four speakers will be presenting their thoughts and experiences on this topic – Dave McIlhagga from MapSherpa Canada; Alex Rossimel, John Wiley & Sons; Craig Molyneux, Spatial Vision and Bruce McGurty, Explore Australia.
Celestial Empire: Life in China 1644-1911
National Library of Australia, Canberra. Dates – 2 January – 22 May 2016.
See exquisite and precious objects from the National Library of China. Marvel at drawings and plans for Beijing’s iconic palaces from the Yangshi Lei Archives, listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 2007 and never before seen in Australia. Beautiful maps, books and prints come alive in ornate detail.
Further information on the exhibition website