Our collection of maps and atlases contains some important items which can help provide context and background to First World War research.  Much of the maps collection is currently uncatalogued, so readers are advised to contact staff via our Ask a Librarian service for assistance in identifying and requesting material.  Digitisation of our collection of First World War mapping is ongoing.

Catalogue search tips

Subject headings which can be used to find First World War maps in our catalogue include:

Keywords such as the following can also be used:

  • 'dardanelles maps'
  • 'somme maps'

 Use the ‘Add limits’ drop down menu to limit your search to maps material.

Many maps in our collection remain uncatalogued and readers are advised to contact us if they cannot locate particular items.

Commercial war maps

Many maps were produced as supplements to newspapers and these provide a valuable insight into the way the progress of the war was viewed and experienced on the home front. Examples of this type of map published in both Europe and Australia are held by the Library, for example: 

Supporting material

There are various titles held by the Library which can be used to support research into First World War mapping.  Titles may be held in the Main Reading Room Reference Collection or in the book stacks and are available for requesting via the online catalogue.