Reading the Maps

June 9, 2016

Gracefield Estate

From recording place names to their aesthetic appeal, maps are a powerful record of our history and our encounters within Aotearoa New Zealand. However we can also glean mountains of family history from maps. Where did your ancestor live? What was the size and scope of their section? What was the town or landscape like at the time? And how do you find that treasured map in our collections?

In this talk Jared Davidson, Archives New Zealand, and Mark Bagnall, Alexander Turnbull Library, will highlight some of the best maps for family history held in the two institutions, and demonstrates practical search techniques to find them.

Date: Tuesday, 21 June, 2016
Time: 12:10 – 1:10pm
Cost: Free
Location: Tiakiwai Conference Centre, Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Wellington
Contact Details: Phone Joan McCracken on 04 474 3056 or email

No booking necessary.

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