Our collection

Map Collection Rare and Historical Maps (University Of Melbourne) (1961)

The University of Melbourne 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 Australasia 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 is 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 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.

Themes: Shaping Victoria?s Environment, Transforming and managing land and natural resources, Building towns, cities and the garden state, Shaping cultural and creative life