Please find listed below some interesting events you may wish to attend if you are based in the Sydney area along with information and registration details for the ANZMapS annual conference being held in Wollongong in September.

Endurance: A talk by historian Alasdair McGregor on 31 August. 

Join Alasdair McGregor, writer and historian, as he walks you through the imagery of Frank Hurley, photographer on the ill-fated 1914 voyage of Ernest Shackleton, whose ship, Endurance, became trapped in pack ice in the Weddell Sea.This prompted the Antarctic explorer to trek across South Georgia to sound the alarm that saw the rescue of his men. All of this was documented by Hurley, an Australian.His evocative images are testament to an incredible story of adventure, and will be presented by Alasdair, Hurley's biographer, at this special event, supported by Aurora Expeditions. This is an event organised by Australian |Geographic.


Sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps on 3 September

Sea monsters on medieval and Renaissance maps —whether swimming, gamboling amid the waves or attacking ships — are one of the most visually engaging elements on these maps, and yet they have never been carefully studied.The subject is important not only in the history of cartography, art, and zoological illustration, but also in the history of geography in relation to the ocean. Join academic Chet van Duzer on Saturday 3 September as he discusses the meanings of these wondrous creatures.

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ANZMapS Annual conference, September 7 - 9 

The 44th annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Map Society will be held in Wollongong, New South Wales, September 7 – 9, 2016. 

Encircled by sea, Australia and New Zealand share a common history of exploration and settlement along the coastal fringes. The 2016 conference will explore the European discovery and gradual mapping and settlement of Australia and New Zealand and the significant role explorers, surveyors and cartographers have played in shaping and documenting the changing coastal landscape over more than 200 years. The conference program also acknowledges the 400th anniversary of the landing of Dirk Hartog in his vessel the Eendracht off the coast of Shark Bay, on 25 October 1616.

Registrations are open


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