Maps

Our Maps collection includes over 600,000 maps, from early European charts to current mapping of Australia, in print and digital form.

  • Pink Japanese topographic map

    Japanese map of Kokoda, Papua New Guinea, [1942] Complete image available at: http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/4367659

  • Chart indicates sailing directions for atolls and islands using sticks and shells

    Rebbelib stick chart from the Marshall Islands, showing Micronesian atolls, as used by pre-contact Micronesian navigators. Complete image available at: http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/4775669

  • Close up of map showing northern Australia

    Ulimaroa – a Maori name used on late 18th-century maps of Australia by Swedish cartographer Daniel Djurberg. Complete image available at: http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/593130

  • Topographic map of Canberra region and Queanbeyan

    Canberra in 1914 – no lake and few buildings. Kurrajong is now Capital Hill- the site of the new Parliament House. Complete image available at: http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/2858678

  • Close up of map showing buildings, roads and vegetation

    Nazareth, Palestine, 1946 -  showing the Terra Sancta Monastery (now a high school) and the adjacent Latin Crusader church on the site of the Annunciation (Archangel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary that she would conceive and bear Jesus). The church was replaced in 1969 by the Basilica of the Annunciation. Complete image available at: http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/1117986

Our Maps collection includes over 600,000 maps, from early European charts to current mapping of Australia, in print and digital form.  You can find:

  • 200,000 post-1900 Australian topographic maps published by national and state mapping authorities
  • property and subdivision maps for each Australian state and territory - useful for family history research
  • thematic maps of land use, water and other resource management, geology and mining, transport, roads, planning and infrastructure, military mapping
  • 800,000 aerial photographs of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Antarctica
  • overseas maps, emphasising regions near Australia
  • street directories, atlases, gazetteers and reference material  

Highlights

  • Terra Australis - the earliest Dutch charting of the land that became Australia
  • Walter Burley Griffin - unravel the fledgling development of our nation’s capital with maps illustrating Griffin’s vision of Canberra
  • Atlas Coelestis - the largest star atlas ever published