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Launch into Library Research: Using Maps for Historical Research

Launch into Library Research: Using Maps for Historical 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 Sydney and New South Wales, and more.

1 / 1 event in this Lifelong learning series
17 February 2022 10am to 4:30pm


General Admission: $60.00


Meet in the Mitchell Library vestibule
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 map 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.

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.

County, town & parish maps

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

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.

Tour of the Map Rooms and the Maps of the Pacific Exhibition

A special tour of the recently opened Map Rooms as well as the Maps of the Pacific Exhibition.


Date: 17 February 2022

Time: 10.00am to 4.30pm

Venue: Dixson Room & Gallery Room (meet in the Mitchell Library vestibule)

Cost: $60 (bookings essential)