Recruiting map of South Australia

South Australia. State War Council.  1916,  Recruiting map of South Australia [cartographic material] / issued by authority of State War Council 

This map was published for the World War I recruitment drive of 1916, to reinforce "the 10th, & 27th and 32nd Battalions already at the Front."


E K White collection

Ernest Keith White fought with the Australian Imperial Force at Pozieres and Strazeele. His collection contains aerial photography and maps of World War I battle zones and front lines in France in 1917, as well as trench and enemy location maps.  Uncatalogued.

Hertz collection

Cyril Sydney Hertz was an avid collector of books, maps and documents relating to military and aviation history. The map collection contains 35 maps (76 sheets) mostly dating from World War I. It is particularly strong in the area around Ypres in Belgium and also has good maps of Anzac Cove and the Dardanelles. There are also maps of German aircraft raids in England in 1915–17. Many of the maps were used in the field and contain manuscript annotations.

Edgeworth David collection

Edgeworth David was a geologist and a Major in the Australian Tunnelling Battalion. This collection contains unique engineering maps used for the design and siting of trenches and tunnels on the Western Front. Fully digitised.

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 maps 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 ‘Limit your search’ options to the right of the catalogue search results to narrow your results by 'format' 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.

Woods, Martin P. & National Library of Australia, issuing body.  (2016).  Where are our boys? : how newsmaps won the Great War.  Canberra, ACT :  National Library of Australia

A fascinating history of the First World War newsmaps, produced to explain the progress of the war to the families left at home in Australia.


Trench map from Chatham's Post to Lone Pine, no. 12

Great Britain. Army. Mediterranean Expeditionary Force.  1915, Trench map from Chatham's Post to Lone Pine, no. 12 [cartographic material] / complied from photographs and traverses ; contours compared with enlargement of 1/20,000 Turkish plan

A trench map is a graphic depiction of military movements undertaken during trench warfare.  The National Library holds a good collection of First World War trench maps at various scales.  Although mainly British, there is also a small collection of French and German trench maps.

Although covering the main theatres of war in Europe, France and Belgium there is some coverage of Gallipoli and Palestine.


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