Family Fun - Maps in May


Sunday, 27 May 2018 - 11am to 2pm


  • family ticket: $6.25

Price includes fees.


Macquarie St

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Did you know that the Library has a collection of magnificent maps? Find out who contributed to creating the map of Australia and who was the master map maker who put it all together. You can follow our treasure map to discover secrets hidden in the Library or even make your own map. Between 11:00am and 2:00pm the Library will be filled with fabulous mapping activities. Come visit us at 11:00 to meet our wonderful guest author/illustrator Tania McCartney.

An illustration of the map of Australia as drawn by author Tania McCartney

Explore time through the marvellously magical and magnificent world of maps with children’s author/illustrator, Tania McCartney. Tania is positively, absolutely mad about maps, but then, who isn’t?

 From the beginnings of time, when earth’s land was just one great big blob, to the way countries have formed and unformed and reformed again, little adventurers can make their own explorer hats, jump on a virtual ship, and come on this journey to uncover geological, floral and faunal treasure.

See how our Great Southern Land was once mapped—your eyes will boggle!—and which major part was completely missing. Learn who was first to complete an accurate cartographer’s map of our coastline, and how the land was once divided (there was once no Queensland!).

 Through visual exploration, Tania will also show kids how her Australia: Illustrated Map was put together, from crafting the illustrations through to digital placement.

 Children can then make their very own map, featuring plants, animals and markings of their own travels.

Suitable for kids aged 4 – 12.


Tania McCartney is an experienced children’s presenter and award-winning author, illustrator and editor of children’s books. The founder of respected kidlit site, Kids’ Book Review, Tania has been a long-time juvenile literacy champion, and is an ambassador for the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge. She is obsessed with maps, and was thrilled to be commissioned to create her first, Australia: Illustrated Map (Hardie Grant Travel, 2017), with her second coming this June, 2018—World: Illustrated Map. Tania lives in Canberra with her family, a mountain of books and a forest of maps.

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