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The Map Collection includes approximately 15,000 rare historic maps of countries and regions from around the world, the majority representing Australia. This includes some of the earliest cartographic works by explorers of Australiasia and the pacific. This collection is one of the many Cultural Collections at The University of Melbourne for education, research and the community enjoyment.

Of significance in the collection are the large number of Victorian 1st series Melbourne & Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW) maps (1894-1952) as they contain footprints of buildings, pathways and other details. The Victorian State Library is currently digitalizing MMBW maps held there and making them available online. The second (1957-1969), and third (1972-1985) series MMBW maps are also held in the Map Collection.

Of international significance is the Ronald and Pamela Walker Collection of Maps of Asia Minor numbering 135 original maps printed between 1511 and 1774 including some of the finest cartographers of Renaissance Europe. These works are now some of the many cartographic works available online.

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Online historical images from the Map Collection include:

High Resolution Historical Map Image Database

  • Maps of Melbourne
  • 1945 Photo-maps of Melbourne - online historical aerial photomaps of the metropolitan area.
  • Maps of Victoria
  • Maps of Australia

  • Walker Collection of Asia Minor & the Middle East - 1511-1774. Thumb nail images.
  • Walker Collection of Maps of Constantinople and surrounds, 1493-1734.
  • The Sir Peter and Lady Lloyd Collection - Shire maps of historical English Counties.

  • PC desktop wallpaper image downloads

    In 2005 many of these items were displayed in an exibition. The catalogue which includes many maps is avalible online.

Julieann Simpson & David Jones, Peregrinations in Asia Minor : European description and cartography in the 16th and 17th centuries: An exhibition of items from the University of Melbourne's Ronald and Pamela Walker Collection of maps of Asia Minor, and the Special Collections (exhibition catalogue, University of Melbourne Library, 2005).

View the catalogue (Pdf - 2.57 Mb)

Map Images Database - Images of historical maps of the World, Australia and Victoria. This dated interface has been replaced with the universities Digital Archive known as Digitool.

Ptolemy, Tablenova Asia Minoris,
2nd century

John Arrowsmith, Australia from surveys made by order of the British Government ... ,1841

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