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Join Dr Ian Hoskins as he explores the State Library’s bound volume of suburban maps published by the significant Sydney cartographic firm, Higinbotham and Robinson (H&R), in the late-19th century. Described sometimes as an ‘atlas’, this collection of maps carried the motto ‘fiat lux’ or ‘let light be made’ and was a guide for professionals and interested residents to Australia’s first city. The collection also became a means of understanding or reading a sprawling metropolis and is still a valuable resource for comprehending the changes that have unfolded since. The focus will be on Sydney Harbour’s waterfront suburbs.