This year's annual conference of the Australian and New Zealand Map Society will be a virtual conference, covering the Pacific from Magellan until today

Join us online via Zoom on Thursday 10 September for a series of talks taking place over three sessions about the Pacific from 'Magellanica' to the present.

The full schedule of talks is outlined below.

Each talk has its own Zoom registration link, and conference attendees will need to follow these links to register for each talk they wish to attend. To attend multiple talks, you will need to register for each individual talk via its unique registration link.

Session One - A World Divided

  1. East by South West: Navigating with Magellan + Conference Welcome
    Presented by Granville Allen Mawer
    9:30am AEST
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    Dr Martin Woods, Senior Curator Maps and Research at the National Library of Australia and past-president of the Australian & New Zealand Map Society welcomes attendees to the 2020 ANZMapS Conference, Mapping Pacific Places, followed by Allen Mawer as he explores the Pacific according to Magellan; initially as he sought to persuade the King of Spain to commission his voyage and then as he dealt with the navigational realities he encountered.
  2. A World Divided
    Presented by Ian Burnet
    10:10am AEST
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    After the discovery of the America’s, the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas between Spain and Portugal divided the world in half. The two Iberian powers were now in a race to reach the Spice Islands, sailing in opposite directions around the world. Yet neither of them could accurately measure longitude and know in whose half of the world the islands were actually located.
  3. Finding the Antipodeans
    Presented by Robert J King
    10:50am AEST
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    The antipodean southern continent described in 1526 on the basis of discoveries made by Amerigo Vespucci and Ferdinand Magellan inspired generations of subsequent geographers and mapmakers, and eventually led to the establishment of an antipodean colony by Great Britain in New South Wales.
  4. The French ‘discovery’ of the Pacific: New Worlds in the South
    Presented by Margaret Sankey
    11:30am AEST
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    In early European exploration of the southern regions of the globe, the French, focusing on the Indian Ocean, were relatively late in coming to the Pacific. In this paper Margaret explores how from the late seventeenth century, the French search for Terra Australis Incognita delayed French interest in the Pacific Ocean, and then conditioned the nature of the French scientific voyages of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Session Two - Pacific Places

  1. Place, Race, Genome: 'Polynesia' in Deep Historical Perspective
    Presented by Bronwen Douglas
    12:30pm AEST
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    In 1520, Magellan’s Mar Pacífico (Pacific Sea) contained only two tiny uninhabited islands and the islands of Guåhån (Guam) and Luta (Rota) in the archipelago he slandered as Islas de los Ladrones (Islands of Thieves). The great ocean remained regionally undifferentiated until 1756, when French writer Charles de Brosses applied the term 'Polynesia' to over a thousand islands in the central and southern Pacific Ocean. Bronwen traces subsequent usages of Polynesia by early 19th-century geographers, to the region’s human inhabitants, as Polynesians, Micronesians, and Melanesians—the global norm after 1900. These deep histories of place and race are a largely ignored aspect which still inhabit some modern studies in biological anthropology and genomics.
  2. Maps and the European understanding of Fiji toponomy 1643-1840
    Presented by Paul Geraghty
    1:10pm AEST
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  3. Naming Places: Dutch Voyagers and Toponyms in the Fifth Part of the World, 1616-1722
    Presented by Jan Tent
    1:50pm AEST
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    The European history of the Southern Ocean emphasises the explorations of the British (Cook, Bligh etc.) and the French (de Bougainville, La Pérouse and d’Entrecasteaux), but little attention is given to Dutch exploration. Still, they entered the Southern Pacific Ocean long before the British and French, and in many ways were trailblazers by shaping contemporary geographical knowledge for those who followed.

Session Three - Pacific Connections

  1. Digital Pasifik
    Presented by Tim Kong / Libby Cass
    3:00pm AEST
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    The Australian Government, National Library of Australia and Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, the National Library of New Zealand, are working with colleagues from across the Pacific to develop a shared online place that seeks to make visible and accessible the digitized records of Pacific cultural heritage, held around the world, so that people in and of Pacific can connect with their stories. Talofa! Ulufale mai! Kia orāna! Ni sa bula! Fakaalofa atu!
  2. Mapping Banaba-Ocean Island
    Presented by Katerina Teaiwa
    3:40pm AEST
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  3. Mapping the Creative Revolution of the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific + Conference Closing Remarks
    Presented by Talei Manginoni
    4:20pm AEST
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