The AOTM Division has a special focus on the early maritime contact history of Australasia, including the many fascinating aspects which are not that well known.


Map Matters newsletter seeks to enhance Australians’ knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the nation’s early history. The events and programs of AOTM is announced through this newsletter.


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The Freycinet Map of 1811

The Freycinet Map of 1811 is the first map of Australia to be published which shows the full outline of Australia. It was drawn by Louis de Freycinet and was an outcome of the Baudin expedition to Australia.

Landings List

Database of selected landings on the australian coasts from 1606 to 1814 in chronological order with brief narrative of the essentials and other significant events.


Know more about Australia On The Map (AOTM)

Australia on the Map is a division of the Australasian Hydrographic Society. It brings together members with an interest in hydrographic history and heritage and generates and supports projects with an educational focus in maritime history and heritage.
The AOTM Division has a special focus on the early maritime contact history of Australasia, including the many fascinating aspects which are not that well known.
The broad aim is to promote the knowledge, understanding and awareness of their early cartographic and maritime history and heritage.
More specifically, the aims of the Australia on the Map are to:
  • Focus on the period of sailing ships and earlier means of taking people to our shores, the hydrographic evidence of those arrivals and the related history of hydrography and cartography.
  • Highlight the original Australians’ contacts with the early mariners of before the first fleet, as well as the historical and cultural implications of those contacts.
  • Give due recognition to all relevant navigators’ contribution of all nationalities in the mapping of the Australasian coasts, until the time the whole coast was basically charted.
  • Be outward looking, including aiming at community involvement, engaging, where relevant, with all Australians, regardless of age, creed, gender, socio-economic group or ethnicity and with kindred organisations.
  • Foster promotion of Australasia’s early history internationally, where it overlaps with that of other countries.
  • Help promote heritage tourism opportunities related to maritime history.
  • Maintain an active body where maritime history enthusiasts, specialists and amateurs alike, can find encouragement and relevant responses.
”Australia On the Map” is a continuation of the “Australia on the map 1606-2006” initiative that saw Australia commemorate a 400 year documented maritime contact history in 2006 with events around the nation. The National Steering Committee of the former organisation resolved to merge with the Australasian Hydrographic Society at its invitation, to become a part of an established and larger entity so they could sustain their focus on the broader vision and contribute to the AHS.


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