New ANZMapS Toolbox

Toolbox is a new area of the ANZMapS website offering information for cataloguing, care, training and other map-related requirements was suggested by those attending the ANZMapS conference in Adelaide, and has now been launched. The Toolbox area is new and under development, and is reliant on your input. Please make suggestions through the Yahoo list, or via the email address below. The page lists and provides links to resources: Cataloguing tools (Links to sources for Place names, Cataloguing standards, scale/coordinates tools, Spatial data structure and standards) Cartography related courses (Current Australian and New Zealand TAFE and university courses with significant cartography elements) Map suppliers (Government mapping services, commercial publishers, and antiquarian map dealers) Collection care and management (Collection development polices, conservation of maps etc cataloguing List) The ANZMapS Committee consider that there is scope for members who are vendors or publishers to be listed, so would welcome your approach, and we can list under a separate heading for Member Map vendors. Send suggestions to

2010 Conference report

The State Library of South Australia on North Terrace hosted the second conference of the now combined Australian and New Zealand map societies. The conference broke new ground in a number of areas. The topicality and importance of climate study saw the conference attract speakers and participants from a wide range of disciplines in Australia, New Zealand and abroad. More...

Changes to ANZMapS Constitution approved

The 2010 AGM passed a series of resolutions for changes to the ANZMapS Constitution. The revised Constitution has now received formal approval and has been added to the website. Key changes include changes to the Purposes of the Society and voting and committee representation for tertiary students.

Dorothy Prescott Prize

Dorothy Prescott Prize awarded for 2010 The inaugural Dorothy Prescott Prize has been awarded to Mac Benoy, for his paper and presentation to the 2010 Adelaide conference, on The Todd Weather‐map Digitisation Project. Mac’s paper ably demonstrated the role of the polymath Astronomer General of South Australia Charles Todd in the foundation of meteorological services in Australia. Todd’ unique legacy included 31 years of weather history neatly bound in 64 volumes, which is being digitised at the Weather Bureau's South Australian Office. Meteorological observations for each of the 11,000 days are recorded in a continental weather map accompanied by news articles of the day describing weather events across eastern Australia. The maps illustrate developments in weather observations from 1878 to federalisation of the Weather Bureau in 1909. Mac's paper will appear in a forthcoming issue of The Globe. Sincere thanks is due to Dorothy and Victor Prescott for the provision of the Estelle Canning Memorial prize since 2000, which has been both motivator and emblem for the AMC. The Dorothy Prescott Prize will be likewise highly valued and inspiring to ANZMapS. The Dorothy Prescott Prize will continue to be awarded to the author presenting the best paper, as judged by a panel appointed by the ANZMapS President, at each Conference from 2010 onwards. The certificate and prizemoney is to be awarded following each conference.

Conference images: tours, dinner, speakers

2010 Conference news


Presentation in Mortlock Wing

Selected papers and presentations will be loaded to the site soon....   Opening sessions on April 7 & 8 are Free public lectures on Climate Change. Registrants reserved seats. Public Booking at the SLSA... South Australia's exceptional contribution to the analysis of climate and its implications for settlement and development, a history that goes back to the time of South Australian Surveyor-General, George Woodroffe Goyder. Speakers will outline the latest mapping technologies and explore the use of historical records for assessing climate variability today. April 7: The Hon Dr John Bannon, AO. "Highly Favoured by Nature? Mirageous South Australia" Dr Peter Hayman: Principal Scientist - Climate Applications, Waite Research Precinct. "What Can We Learn from Goyder's Line of Reliable Rainfall in a Changing Climate?"
April 8: Dr Rob Allan, UK Meteorological Office, Hadley Centre, East Anglia, the UK’s foremost climate change research centre. “The International ACRE initiative: Visualisations of Historical Weather Reconstructions.”
Location: Ann & Basil Hetzel Lecture Theatre Institute Building ground floor.