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Frank Hurley map collection
Bib ID 1030382
Format MapMap, OnlineOnline [cartographic image, sheet]
Online Versions
Related Online
Access Conditions Available for reference. Not for loan. 
Scale Scales differ. 
Description [approximately 1929 - approximately 1961] 
33 maps in 2 map folios. 

Frank Hurley map collection.


Photographer and explorer. James Francis (Frank) Hurley was born in Sydney in 1885. He became interested in photography, worked for a postcard business and in 1910 held his first exhibition. Hurley accompanied Douglas Mawson on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911) to capture stills photography and film. In 1914 he joined the Antarctic expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton and took the famous photographs of the destruction of the "Endurance". In 1917 Hurley joined the Australian Imperial Force as an official photographer and worked in France, Belgium and Palestine. At considerable risk, he photographed the Light Horse during the battle of Jericho. He returned to Australia in 1918 and in the following year joined Ross Smith on the final leg of his flight from England, filming Australia from the air. Between 1920 and 1923 he made two long expeditions to the Torres Strait Islands and Papua. In 1929 returned to the Antarctic with the British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE). In the 1930s Hurley worked with the Cinesound studio, as a cameraman and as head of its special documentary unit. During World War II he was official photographer with the AIF in the Middle East, where he remained until 1946. On his return to Australia he published several books of photographs and travelled and lectured. Hurley died in Sydney in 1962.


Primarily comprises road maps and tourist guides for New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, and Western Australia and Northern Territory collected by Frank Hurley. Some are annotated with travel routes and notes about intention to visit particular locations. Maps of the B.A.N.Z.A.R.E. expedition to Antarctica and the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric project also highlight his significant photography work in Antarctica and the Snowy Mountains. Relief shown by contours, shading, hachures and spot heights.

Collection published in various places by various publishers.

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Related Material Related material: Papers of Frank Hurley, 1912-1962; Located at; National Library of Australia Manuscript Section, MS 883.  Related material: Frank Hurley's personal collection of over 10,000 photographic negatives, lantern slides and photographic prints are located at; National Library of Australia Pictures Collection. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in Special Collections Reading Room and online. Finding Aid reference no.: MFC 26. 
Subjects Hurley, Frank, 1885-1962.  |  Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme.  |  British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition, (1929-1931) -- Maps.  |  Roads -- Queensland -- Maps.  |  Roads -- New South Wales -- Maps.  |  Roads -- Victoria -- Maps.  |  Roads -- South Australia -- Maps.  |  Roads -- Western Australia -- Maps.
Time Coverage 1929-1961 
Form/genre Road maps.  |  Tourist maps.

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Call Number: MAP Frank Hurley Collection 1-33
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