Despite recent headwinds the Australian & New Zealand Map Society in cooperation with the National Library of Australia and The Hakluyt Society, is holding a one-day symposium in Canberra with the theme "Mapping Pacific Places".

Please keep the date September 10 clear - a program of intrepid speakers has been drafted, and the booking system and more details will soon be released.

[Due to Covid restrictions now in place, the event has been limited to one day, and a maximum 100 attendees]

At this one-day seminar we will explore ideas of the Pacific from "Magellanica" to the present, and reassess the role of maps in understanding - and misunderstanding - its knowledge, peoples and cultures.


  • Ian Burnet / A World Divided [Portugal and Spain, the spice race]
  • Granville Allen Mawer/ East by West: Navigating with Magellan
  • Robert J King/ Finding the Antipodeans
  • Paul Geraghty/ Maps and the European understanding of Fiji toponomy 1643-1840
  • Bronwen Douglas/ Place, Race, Genome: ‘Polynesia’ in Deep Historical Perspective
  • Jan Tent/ Naming Places: Dutch Voyagers and Toponyms in the Fifth Part of the World, 1616–1722
  • Margaret Sankey/ Using maps to balance social-ecological spatial priorities in Marine Protected Areas
  • Frances Steel/ Mapping the Pacific in the Age of Steam
  • National Library/ Pacific Virtual Museum

[The Society’s AGM will be held after proceedings]

On behalf of the Organising Committee


Martin Woods

Senior Curator, Maps & Research Programs

National Library of Australia

Parkes Place, Parkes, ACT 2600

' + 61 2 6262 1280  M 0404 193 366