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Australia’s first topographic map

Newcastle 1913 topo

Newcastle 1913

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 book

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.

Map librarians

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  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.


3 thoughts on “Australia’s first topographic map

  1. Hi Ken, Your comment might not be quite right.
    “…It is termed a sketch map as triangulation had not been introduced at that stage…”.
    The note on the map indicates Primary triangulation and parish plans were used
    on a polyconic projection. in 1911.

  2. what is also impressive is the field-work carried out by the Army surveyors – this is a copy of the field note for part of the Newcastle 1in:1mile map – the manuscript map of the Parish of Newcastle was compiled at 1in:20chn ie 4 times the scale of the final map by Lance Corporal A Barrett of the Royal Engineers.

    The manuscript maps for other areas of the Newcastle sheet are in the on-line collection of the National Library of Australia.

  3. Oops. Turns out my Australian advice re this webinar was using EST USA, not EST Australia. My apology to those who turned up at 1500 today.
    The actual time to tune in may be 0600 or 0700 Australian eastern time Tuesday 19th March. The presenter is from Georgia USA which is in EDT currently so that makes it 0600. EST would be 0700.

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