Conference program

International cartographic conference to be held at the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

7 September to 9 September 2020, Sydney, Australia












An old, hand-drawn map of the Pacific.
Canberra seminar: Magellanica

Thursday, 10 September 2020
National Library of Australia

A villain in the Philippines, arguably a traitor to Portugal and politically suspect in the eyes of the Spanish noblemen who manned his fleet, in death Ferdinand Magellan rose above it all to stand second to none as a navigator of the heroic age of European exploration. Yet Magellan could not have imagined the magnitude of the Pacific Ocean, which his men thought they would cross in a few days. The scientific and cartographic achievements of the expedition transformed knowledge of the southern skies, and generated ever more speculation about Pacific realms. Come relive Magellan’s contribution and reassess the immensity of the Pacific.

Following the seminar there will be a special viewing of National Library cartographic treasures.

Further details on this event including transport to Canberra, accommodation and expenses will be available soon.

Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy AM DSc FRACP FRS(N)

Further information on the conference will be soon available.


Maggie Patton
Manager, Research and Discovery



Register for the conference

Further details on the conference program, optional tours and registration will be available soon.



The conference is being organised by the State Library of New South Wales in collaboration with the Australian and New Zealand Map Society, the Society for the History of Discoveries and the International Map Collectors Society.

Australian and New Zealand Map Society logo.

Society for the History of Discoveries logo.

International Map Collectors Society logo.

About the State Library

The State Library  is one of the great libraries of the world, with a history dating back to 1826. Everyone is welcome at the Library – our inspiring spaces, rich collections, galleries, and cultural and learning programs are open to all. The Library collections focus on Australia; documenting the history and society of Australian people. 

The Library holds one of the most significant collections of maps and charts in Australia. The estimated size of the collection is over 200,000 items including important maps and charts documenting the discovery and exploration by Europeans of Australia's coast and inland regions.

As  you enter the Mitchell Building  you will encounter the Tasman Map  on the floor of the vestibule, constructed by Melocco Brothers 1939-1941.


State Library of New South Wales
Corner of Macquarie Street and Shakespeare Place
Sydney NSW 2000

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