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

Dorothy Prescott Prize 2012

The ANZMapS committee is pleased to announce the winner of this year’s Dorothy Prescott Prize for the best paper presented at the annual conference.

The 2012 winner is Rupert Gerritsen for his paper “Getting the strait facts straight” about Flinders’ search for a strait in the Australian coast likely to lead to an inland sea.

Rupert is an independant scholar who has been engaged in youth work, community work and mental health, and specialises in developmental work. His recent focus on Indigenous Australian Prehistory Research included And Their Ghosts May Be Heard, (1994, 2nd edition in 2002). It is a detailed exploration of the fate of the Dutch mariners castaway on the Western Australian coast in the 1600s and early 1700s. In 2011 he published Beyond the Frontier: Explorations in Ethnohistory (Canberra: Batavia Online Publishing).

Congratulations to Rupert! The prize consists of a certificate and $500, which are awarded to a presenter upon publication of his paper in The “Globe”. We look forward to publishing the paper in due course.

New website on Arrowsmith’s maps of Australia 1834-58

Dorothy Prescott, OAM, former map curator of both the University of Melbourne Library, and of the National Library of Australia, has created a website to publish the results of her long-standing research into the evolution of the Australian maps from John Arrowsmith’s “London Atlas of Universal Geography” of 1834 to 1858.
The site documents each individual state of the maps, and details changes made from previous states, and includes information on worldwide institutional holdings of the various states.

The maps document the British exploration of Australia, showing explorer’s routes and findings, and slowly filling in the continent, and removing speculative features.

Newsletter # 112

In this issue: ANZMapS AGM: Elections of officers for 2012-13/How to subscribe to the member e-mail list/Welcome to new members/News from the National Library of Australia/News from the State Library of New South Wales / News from the National Library of New Zealand/Coming events, recent publications and other items of interest.

[Minutes of ANZMapS AGM 2011]

Cook’s Treasures seminar, National Library

On Friday 24 February, The National Library hosted a seminar, Cook’s Treasures, for an across the board exploration of Cook’s influence on Australian and South Pacific history. Keynote speaker Professor Iain McCalman delivered the 2012 Kenneth Binns Lecture, ‘Captain Cook’s Environmental Crisis on the Great Barrier Reef’. Over 100 guests enjoyed presentations by ANZMapS member and author of “Captain Cook’s War and Peace” John Robson, and a cast of mariners, academics, and North Queensland people.

List of presentations:

2012 Kenneth Binns Lecture, ‘Captain Cook’s Environmental Crisis on the Great Barrier Reef’, Professor Iain McCalman

Cook in Print: Andrew Sergeant, National Library of Australia

The Cook Archive: Nicola Mackay-Sim, Curator Pictures, National Library of Australia

Cook the Map Maker: John Robson, Map Librarian, University of Waikato

Dispelling the Myths, Oral history through the Guugu Yimithir people of contact with Cook and his crew: Alberta Hornsby, Kuku Yalanji, Guugu Yimithirr, Idinji, Ankamuthi and Ganggalida tribes of North Queensland

The Captain and His Book in the Victoria River Country, and Beyond: Deborah Bird Rose, Professor of Social Inclusion, Macquarie University

James Cook and the Endeavour at Botany Bay and Cooktown: John Molony, Emeritus Professor, Australian National University

Life on Cook’s Endeavour: Alan Frost, Professor Emeritus, La Trobe University

Cooks Relics Real and Imagined: Dr Nigel Erskine, Curator Exploration & European Settlement, National Maritime Museum

Some late improvements of the means for Preserving the Health of Mariners: Allen Mawer, independent researcher

Conference highlight – Muller’s map, Tabula moderna alterius hemispherius, 1525

The keynote speaker at the 2011 ANZMapS conference was Frederik Muller, who gave a presentation on the first map documenting Magellan’s sighting of the Southland and sailing of the Pacific, Fries’ Tabula moderna alterius hemispherius, 1525.

Following the presentation a nmber of attendees requested a copy of Fries’ Tabula moderna alterius hemispherius, 1525 .

Tabula moderna alterius hemispherius, 1525

The text on the reverse has also been linked.

If you have additional questions regarding the map or the presentation Frederik Muller is happy to be contacted at