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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 about what they can show you, how to find them at the Library and be inspired by some of our favourites. You will view early maps reflecting Indigenous history and culture, maps showing the development of the Sydney CBD, subdivision plans and more.

4 / 5 events in this Launch into Library Research series
15 October 2020 10am to 4:30pm


General Admission: $60.00
State Library Friends Members: $50.00


State Library of New South Wales
Macquarie St
Sydney NSW 2000


The program includes the following sessions:

Why use maps?

This session covers the main benefits of using maps and introduces the Library's maps collection.

Mapping Indigenous history & culture

This session will look at maps dating back to the earliest European explorations of Australia which document the history and culture of Indigenous people.

Subdivision plans of Sydney

Dating mainly from the 1860s to the 1930s, these posters were produced by real estate agents to promote newly created estates and subdivisions. This session includes a case study of a Sydney suburb.

County, town & parish maps

Learn how to use county, town and parish maps to track down the history of parcel of land in NSW.

Early maps of Sydney and New South Wales

Find out how to search for general maps of Sydney and NSW, and see the state's gradual development through some fascinating maps.

Plans of the city

Track the development of Sydney's CBD through maps and plans from the Library's collection, including insurance survey maps, mains maps, warehouse 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 how Australia has been mapped from the 16th to the 21st century.

Getting the most out of the Library catalogue
Optional early session (9.15 to 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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