“Australia on the Map” (AOTM) is the history and heritage division of the Australasian Hydrographic Society (AHS). This website consequently focusses on important themes in Australian hydrographic history and heritage. This includes maritime exploration and the mapping of Australia, and where relevant, New Zealand.
The Australia on the Map Division is the successor organisation to “Australia on the Map: 1606-2006”, which was established in 2002 as an independent organisation to organise, promote and coordinate a nationwide event program in 2006 as part of the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of European contact with this continent in 1606.
As an educational resource this website, which is compiled and maintained by volunteers, is constantly being upgraded and incorporating new features. It has some documents and databases relevant to the unveiling of Australia and New Zealand to the world , the charting of its coasts and their appearance on maps from the 17th to the 19th centuries. It also provides access to some of the research and writings of AOTM’s members and news on relevant events.
NOTE: The Australia on the Map Division is a purely voluntary organisation which does not employ any staff.