Rare and Historical Maps

We have over 15,000 rare and historical maps in our collection including some of the earliest cartographic works by explorers of Australasia and other regions.

Access Rare and Historical Maps

Digital Maps

Our collection includes high-resolution digitised rare and historical maps.



You can find most items in our collection in the Library Catalogue Some items are not in the catalogue. We can help you access these items. Search for more items in the library search tool Discovery or in individual ejournals or databases:

Significant Collections

The Walker Collection

Ronald and Pamela Walker donated a collection of 135 maps to the University of Melbourne in 1991. The collection includes beautifully ornamented and coloured works by important figures in the development of cartography, such as Claudius Ptolemy, Abraham Ortelius and Gerhard Mercator.

The collection includes maps of Asia Minor and nearby areas such as the Mediterranean, Middle East and Balkans, which few Western institutions hold.

All the maps in the collection have been digitised and can be viewed online:

A catalogue from an exhibition of maps from the Walker Collection held in 2005:

Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW) maps

We hold many Victorian first series Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW) maps, which contain footprints of buildings, pathways and other details. We also hold the second and third series MMBW maps:

Some digitised MMBW maps are available online from the State Library of Victoria: