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Launch into Library Research: Using Maps for Historical Research

Launch into Library Research: Using Maps for Historical Research

Launch into Library Research
Lifelong learning

Maps can hold a wealth of information to enrich your history research or project. If you are a map novice, come along to hear all about what they can show you, how to find them at the Library and be inspired by some of our favourites.

1 / 4 events in this Launch into Library Research series
20 June 2019 10am to 4:30pm


Bookings essential: $55.00


State Library of New South Wales
Macquarie St
Sydney NSW 2000


The program includes the following sessions:

Why use maps?
Maps are a rich source of information and can be invaluable to your research. This session will go over the main benefits of using maps and provide an overview of the Library’s maps collection.

Subdivision plans of Sydney
Mostly from the 1860s to the 1930s, these posters were produced by real estate agents to promote newly created estates and subdivisions. They illustrate the urban development of Sydney and New South Wales, as large estates were divided up and transformed into suburbs and towns. This session will include a case study of a Sydney suburb.

County, town & parish maps
County, town and parish maps are visual indexes to the administration of land in New South Wales.  This session will provide you with tips on how to use these maps to track down the history of a parcel of land.

Early maps of Sydney and New South Wales
If you are interested in general maps of Sydney and New South Wales this session will give you some tips on finding some fascinating maps and will use examples from the collection to show the gradual development of New South Wales from 1788.

Plans of the City
Learn how to research the development of Sydney’s CBD and its buildings through using maps and plans from the Library’s collection including insurance survey maps, mains maps, warehouse maps and plans, and more. 

Mapping Australia's place in the World
Using examples from the collection this session will provide a high level but fascinating history of mapping and Australia’s place in the world from the 16th to the 21st century.

Getting the most of out the Library catalogue
Optional early session (9.15am-9.45am):
The Library catalogue is the best place to begin your research. We’ll show you some key searching tips to get you started and help you find what you’re looking for.


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