NLA exhibition Celestial Empire – featuring early Chinese city plans and mapping

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


Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our new website. We hope we have made it easier for you to find the information you need! We have also added some new features including online payment for membership and back issues of The Globe. You can also register to receive the latest news and participate in the online forum. Tell us what you would like to see added or improved and send us your suggestions for Map of the Month.

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The Library of Congress has launched a new blog

A Whole New Blog | Library of Congress Blog

World’s Revealed: Geography & Maps at the Library of Congress will highlight cartographic objects from the Library’s collections that “sometimes go beyond what usually ends up in exhibits and in textbooks and bring to the forefront uncataloged objects that have never before been placed online.”

The Library’s Geography and Map Division contains more than 6 million maps in addition to a wide array of atlases, globes, raised relief models, archives, a vast collection of digital data and a GIS research center. The blog will explore the past, present, and future of maps and mapping, including sharing latest finds and new acquisitions.

2015 membership new due!

Subscribe Now! Membership includes all the year’s issues of The Globe, the ANZMapS Newsletter, and conference discounts.

The subscription rate applying to individual members and institutions is $50.

Student subscription rate $30.

ANZMapS welcomes all those interested in maps, map collecting, cartography, and curatorship. The ANZMapS Annual Conference is held in a different city each year.

Newsletter #119

119 Newsletter Spring 2014

In this issue:

1. 2015 Conference : The Power of Maps
2. ANZMapS Committee member profile :  Phillip Clarkson
3. Judith Scurfield : a passion for maps
4. News from around the Libraries
5. International news
6. Publication news
7. Subscription & membership news
8. The fun bit

2014 membership now due

Subscribe Now! Membership includes incudes all the year’s issues of The Globe, the ANZMapS Newsletter, and conference discounts.

The subscription rate applying to individual members and institutions is $50.

Student subscription rate $30.

ANZMapS welcomes all those interested in maps, map collecting, cartography, and curatorship. The ANZMapS Annual Conference is held in a different city each year.

All aspects of map use and mapping are discussed and the proceedings of the conference are published as part of the journal of ANZMapS, The Globe.

Mapping our World: Terra Incognita to Australia exhibition

Lose yourself in the world’s greatest maps at the National Library’s exhibition Mapping Our World. Bookings essential.

Only at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, open from 10.00am daily with last entry at 5.00pm (closed Christmas Day) BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
Mapping our World is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see rare and unique cartographic treasures from around the world. Discover how European explorers unravelled the secrets of the great south land.

Highlights of the exhibition include the magnificent Fra Mauro Map of the World; the remarkable Boke of Idrography presented to Henry VIII; an intricate world map by the Benedictine monk Andreas Walsperger (1448); a fifteenth-century Ptolemy manuscript; magnificent and controversial ‘Dieppe’ charts; one of only four surviving copies of Mercator’s groundbreaking 1569 projection, and original manuscript charts by Pacific navigators including Louis de Freycinet, James Cook and Matthew Flinders.

State Library NSW Mitchell and Merewether Fellowships

The State Library of New South Wales is currently taking applications for the DS Mitchell Fellowship and the Merewether Fellowship.

The Mitchell and Merewether fellowships are designed to promote the Library’s role as a centre of scholarly activity and research, and to promote its rich and diverse collections. These fellowships were established through the generous benefaction of the late John Merewether. We are keen for as many people as possible to hear about this opportunity. I would be grateful if you could share information about the Fellowships with anyone that might be interested. A flyer promoting the Fellowships are available on this link A Pinterest page is available with links to video content of past Fellows Conditions of entry, application forms and a list of previous winners is available on our website. Application close on 15 July 2013

Registration, Schedule and Speakers for ANZMapS Melbourne 2013

Australian and New Zealand Map Society (ANZMapS) – 41st Annual Conference. “The Metropolis and Beyond: mapping the built and natural environments”

Tue 9 – Fri 12 April 2013, Melbourne, Australia



ANZMapS Melb 2013 flyer

State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne, 9-12 April 2013

The 2013 Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Map Society celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Australian Map Circle, established in 1973, and recognizes the support of the State Library of Victoria, major sponsor of this year’s event.

The conference commences Tuesday 9 April with the ANZMapS AGM, 5.00pm at the State Library’s beautiful “Red Rotunda” room, followed by a Reception at 6.00pm.

Conference papers will be presented in the Library’s Conference Centre (entry from La Trobe Street), 9.00am – 5.00pm Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 April. Lunches and teas provided as part of registration.

A full programme of presentations will be launched by Keynote speaker Professor Peter Stanley, author of many Australian military social history books, including Tarakan: an Australian Tragedy, Quinn’s Post, Anzac, Gallipoli, Invading Australia, A Stout Pair of Boots, and Digger Smith and Australia’s Great War.

His Bad Characters was jointly awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History in 2011. His next book will be Black Saturday at Steels Creek, on the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

The Conference dinner (included in Earlybird, Full, and Student registration) is at the Angliss Restaurant (William Angliss Institute), 555 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, on Thursday 11 April 7.00pm.

Registration is inclusive of a bus tour on Friday 12 April, sponsored by Melway Publishing.

The tour will be conducted by Professor Bernie Joyce and Dr Bill Birch, interpreting landscapes and geological features of Melbourne’s Western Districts. The tour will depart the State Library 9.00am, returning 4.30pm.

There will be a display of maps at the conference, including some the State Library’s magnificent early survey maps of Port Phillip, and other military, geological, and land use maps, from colonial times to the present day.

Accommodation: may be found via several websites,


Please note that the State Library of Victoria have a mates rates deal with Quest on Bourke apartments. If booking please mention you are attending an event at the State Library.
Vanessa Warnock, General Manager – Quest on Bourke. 155 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3205.
+61 3 9631 0400 Fax: +61 3 9631 0500 Mobile:+61 427 430 242