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

Congratulations to Dr Jan Tent, recipient of the 2011 Dorothy Prescott Prize.

The Prize is awarded for the outstanding paper at each Australian and New Zealand Map Society conference. There were many excellent papers presented at the Sydney conference, 24-27 May at the State Library of NSW, making the panel’s choice this year a very difficult one.

Dr Jan Tent is a linguist at the Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University, and director of the Australian National Placenames Survey (ANPS). Jan’s paper was, “Where in the World is Ulimaroa? Or, How a Pacific Island Became the Australian Continent”, and is to be published in a forthcoming issue of The Globe.

Book Launch: Maps that shaped Australia

The launch of Professor Robert Clancy’s latest book written with Paul Harcombe, Maps that Shaped Australia, will be held following the conference Welcome Drinks at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 24 May in the Members Room, Mitchell Wing, State Library of New South Wales. If you are attending the conference you are welcome to stay for the launch after registering for the conference.

Launch of "Early Navigators of Bass Strait" (ENBS)

Official launch of the map Early Navigators of Bass Strait at the State Library of Victoria, Thursday 7th April, 6pm.

The map and educational resource will be launched by Emeritus Professor Victor Prescott, and the Surveyor-General of Victoria, John E. Tulloch. The map will be available from Information Victoria bookshop Land Victoria will also be assisting financially in the development of educational resources.

More about Early Navigators of Bass Strait: Two documents supporting the
map are now online on the ANZMapS Publications page

Conference Early Bird registration ends this week!

Don’t forget to register this week for the ANZMapS conference in Sydney in May if you would like to take advantage of the Early Bird registration fee of $320.00 including the conference dinner.
If you would prefer not to pay by credit card online contact Maggie Patton at

1974 Brisbane flood maps online

The National Library has digitised its 1974 flood maps, in response to public interest. For current information on the Queensland floods, there are severalk sources of mapping: Brisbane City Council has PDF maps for all Brisbane suburbs showing historic inundation levels and current flood advice and warnings. Ipswich City Council has similar information for Ipswich suburbs. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has Queensland river maps online showing the locations of flood warning rainfall and river height stations for each river basin. BOM also has a regularly updated South West Queensland Rivers Flood Information Map The Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment,Water, Population and Communities has a recent natural rivers map for Queensland which may be downloaded.

2011 ANZMapS conference, Southern Latitudes, Sydney May 24-27

2011 Australian and New Zealand Map Society conference is to be held at the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 24 – 27 May 2011

This year’s conference will explore the naming and charting of the South Pacific, Indian and Southern oceans, and will acknowledge the bicentenary of the publication of the first complete map of Australia by cartographer Louis de Freycinet in 1811.

2010 Patricia Alonzo Memorial Prize awarded

The 2010 Patricia Alonzo memorial Prize has been awarded to Richard Syme, on 26 August.

The prize is awarded by ANZMapS to the student with the best third year results in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Multimedia Cartography) degree at RMIT University (until 1992 the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology).

The Patricia Alonso Memorial Prize was inaugurated in 1990 to commemorate Patricia’s contribution to map librarianship through the Australian Map Circle (AMC), now the Australian and New Zealand Map Society (ANZMapS).