Good Morning,

There are a couple of events coming up in Sydney at the State Library which you may be interested in attending.
Tuesday, 4 September 2018 - 11am to 12pm
Owning Geographical Knowledge: Mitchell’s Map of the 19 Counties
With Isabella Alexander

When Surveyor General Thomas Livingston Mitchell published the now-famous Map of the Nineteen Counties in 1834, it provided the basis for an orderly system of land sales in the colony of New South Wales. While the map provided the basis for allocating and recording the appropriation and ownership of land, controversy arose over ownership of the map itself. This talk will examine the disputes that arose between Mitchell, the Governor, the Colonial Office and one of Mitchell’s surveyors over who had the right to produce, disseminate, and profit from, geographical knowledge in colonial Australia. It will consider the meaning of such controversies in the context in which they occurred, and what they reveal about ongoing tensions between private rights and public interests today.

Isabella Alexander is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney. She is the 2017 NSLA Honorary Fellow for her research project ‘Commercial map making and copyright law in Australia from 1788 to 1917’. She researches in the field of intellectual property law, in particular the history of copyright law.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 - 6pm to 7pm
Curator Talk: Maps from the National Library of Scotland
With Chris Fleet
This fully-illustrated talk will use selected maps of Scotland over the last five centuries to provide insights into the history of Scotland. The focus will be on the changing drivers behind the maps over time, including the Jacobite Risings, the clearances, emigration, urbanisation, industrial growth and decline, recreation and travel. It will also look at the various cartographic special collections and archives held by the Library, and work to make them more available in recent years.
Chris Fleet is Map Curator at the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh where he has worked since 1994. His main work has focused on digital mapping, and making historic maps available online. He has also actively researched and spoken on Scottish map history, and is the co-author of a number of popular books on Scottish mapping.

Looking forward to seeing you here!


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Maggie Patton
Manager, Research and Discovery
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Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia