The National Library of Australia has just released online Australia’s first topographic map. Newcastle 1913 was also the first inch to the mile (1:63,360) in Australia. It is termed a sketch map as triangulation had not been introduced at that stage.
You can also order a printed copy or even print a small copy on your home printer .
For more detail on the production of early topo maps in Australia Papua New Guinea and some islands, you might like to read
Australia’s military map-makers : the Royal Australian Survey Corps 1915-96 by Coulthard-Clark, C. D. (Christopher David).
While it might seem a dry topic, if you are interested in maps generally, and especially if you have a military background, you could find this a good read as I did.
Wondering if there are better ways to preserve your personal, club’s, state’s, nation’s collection of orienteering or rogaining maps? Then tune in to the free webinar Care and Feeding of Maps: Tips for Managing Your Map Collection
The presenter is Hallie Pritchett, Head, Map and Government Information, Library, University of Georgia
On Monday, March 18th, 2013, 1500-1600 EST, head to http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r8whb2uo5g5/ No registration required.
Maps are an integral part of many library’s collections, but due to their unique needs and issues librarians and library staff members often fear them. This session will address and alleviate the concerns often associated with collecting and working with these valuable resources, offering advice on how to arrange, house, and maintain paper maps and providing an overview of resources for managing map collections of all shapes and sizes. Sponsored by ALA MAGIRT – the Map and Geospatial Information Round Table.
Thanks to Brendan Whyte via ANZMapS for this info.