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Historical topographic maps

Topographic maps depict natural and man-made features on the ground.

Our collection of scanned historical topographic maps of Queensland is available for free.

We have produced topographic maps in varying scales since 1962. Topographic maps produced from 1971 onwards use a standard map numbering convention to define a map extent.

Note: Those still in copyright are made available via Creative Commons CC BY licence, which means that you can view, print etc. without any restrictions.

How to access historical topographic maps

  • Access the collection of historical topographic maps.
  • Click on the resource series you want to view. This provides a list of the map series chosen, with options to download or view the details in the file.
  • Select either the Download or the Visualisation preview options to view the file which contains the details of the maps scanned for the resource series. For large series (e.g. 25,000 series), it is easier to use the Download option.

Download option

  • Click on Download.
  • Open the csv file.
  • The fields displayed (e.g. title) can be expanded to view the details.
  • Click on the https link in the jpg_linkage column (Column G). Copy this URL and paste it into your browser. The first item is usually the key map (indicated by blue arrow). The actual maps are indicated by the red arrow.
  • Press enter and the map opens.
  • You can then save the map to a location of your choosing or crop parts and paste into documents etc.
Open data download preview

Figure 1: Viewing options – choose Download.

Open data download preview example.

Figure 2: Example of download view.

Visualisation preview option

  • Click on Visualisation preview.
  • The fields displayed (e.g. title) can be expanded to view the details.
  • Click on the https link in the jpg_linkage column to open your map. The first item is usually the key map (indicated by blue arrow). The actual maps are indicated by the red arrow.
  • You can then save the map to a location of your choosing or crop parts and paste into documents etc.
Open data visualisation preview example

Figure 3: Viewing options – choose Visualisation preview.

Open data visualisation preview example

Figure 4: Example of visualisation preview.

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Email museum@dnrm.qld.gov.au.

Licence
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia (CC BY 3.0)
Last updated
27 June 2017
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