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Cartographica: Sydney on the map

An exhibition of reproduced maps with a focus on Sydney

Produced by the City of Sydney

Cartography, the art and science of making maps, has its origins in ancient civilisation. Until the 20th century and the proliferation of satellite technology, our ability to navigate land, sea and sky relied on human powers of observation and an understanding of the patterns of terrestrial, maritime and celestial landscapes.

The Gadigal people and the surrounding clans of the Eora Nation have navigated this place we now call Sydney for tens of thousands of years. More recently, it has been mapped by Europeans and is now photographed from space for use on our personal devices.

This exhibition brings together a series of reproduced maps with a focus on Sydney, captured through the cartographic traditions of mapmakers.

It is a fascinating account of the factors that have shaped our city, highlighting some of the many different ways mapmakers have documented its evolution and guided our journeys.

The exhibition is presented at Customs House on the ground floor, and levels 1 and 2.

Please note that on the 1 September the exhibition closed on levels 1 and 2. From 1 September to 20 October only the ground floor segment of the exhibition is on display.

View online: Sydney past and present in 13 glorious maps




Weekdays, 10am to 7pm
Weekends, 11am to 4pm

Friday 1 March to Sunday 20 October 2019

Except Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day and Queen's Birthday



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