About us


Since the 1950s there has been a continuous Asia Pacific mapping service at The Australian National University. The service is known for its high quality maps produced in support of research, education and outreach. 

The Australian National University houses one of the finest Asia Pacific map collections in the world. The Map Collection germinated as an ANU library collection in the 1960s and now holds over 35,000 maps. While the scope is worldwide, the focus is Asia and the Pacific.

The Collection includes topographic, cadastral, bathymetric, aeronautical, geological and tourist maps, plus a range of atlases, gazetteers and historical wall maps.


The majority of the maps were produced by collation and manipulation of digital datasets within GIS software. Styling and layout refinement were carried out using vector illustrating software.

The digitised historical maps were scanned at 300 pixels per inch at 1:1 scale or original map size. Scanning was carried out using a Colortrac SmartLF Gx24 large format scanner.



Copyright in works produced by CartoGIS Services is held by The Australian National University (ANU) and is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-SA License.  By downloading images from this site you are agreeing to the terms of this license and you must acknowledge CartoGIS Services, Scholarly Information Services, The Australian National University as the source of the maps.


Updated:  24 January 2022/Responsible Officer:  CartoGIS Services Coordinator/Page Contact:  CartoGIS Services Coordinator