Join Dr Martin Woods, curator of Maps at the National Library of Australia, as he discusses his latest publication, Where are our boys? How news maps won the Great War.
In 1914, the newspaper map or newsmap began to supply readers with the geographical backdrop to the Great War, an important tool in explaining the progress of the war to the public at home.
Day by day, for every campaign and battle, readers across the nation were deluged with maps, both in the pages of newspapers and pasted up in town and city streets, allowing them to follow Australian and Allied exploits. Drawn from scant news cables, out of date cartography, and the writer's imagination, a semi-fictional war story emerged, of ANZAC successes and, sometimes, disasters.
The war produced more maps than any time before in history, giving us along the way some of the most beautiful, and sometimes misleading, maps ever published.