Mapping the Pacific Conference

Welcome to the 2021 conference on Mapping the Pacific hosted by the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Due to the COVID 19  it has been decided to postpone this conference until August 2021.  We will  be updating the website as plans are confirmed  including the availability of speakers. All payments made for the 2020 conference will be refunded. Take care of yourself and your family.

Mapping the Pacific will examine the traditional wayfinding knowledge of the Pacific community, European exploration and the mapping of the Pacific from the early modern era through to the 19th century. The consider the 500th anniversary of Ferdinand Magellan’s Pacific voyage and the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s extraordinary exploration and mapping of the Pacific, 1769 - 1779.

The conference will be open to cartographers, geographers, historians, map collectors, curators and everyone with an interest in maps.

This conference is planned as a three-day event, commencing with an opening reception on the Wednesday, 25 August at the State Library of New South Wales.


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

Australian and New Zealand Map Society logo.




Chairman of organising committee

Maggie Patton
Manager, Research and Discovery, State Library of New South Wales
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Representing international partners

Emeritus Professor Robert Clancy AM DSc FRACP FRS(N)
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Conference program

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Featured speakers

See speakers featuring in the upcoming Mapping the Pacific Conference. 

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