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Mapping the Pacific Conference

Welcome to the 2020 conference on Mapping the Pacific hosted by the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

We are mindful of the concerns and questions from members planning to attend this conference in relation to COVID 19. At this stage, we are proceeding with the event as planned and monitoring the situation. We will update the website if a decision to cancel the conference is made or if any major changes occur due to the unavailability of speakers. In the event of cancellation, all payments 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 year 2020 is the 500th anniversary of Ferdinand Magellan’s entry into the Pacific and the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s extraordinary exploration and mapping of the Pacific.

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 evening  of  Sunday, 6 September at the State Library of New South Wales.

The conference will be followed by a special event at the National Library of Australia in Canberra.


Registrations now open


The conference is being hosted by the State Library of New South Wales in collaboration with the National Library of Australia, 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.


Chairman of organising committee

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

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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