Guide to the Frank Hurley Map Collection

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MFC 26

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Collection Summary

Creator
Hurley, Frank, 1885-1962
Title
Frank Hurley Map Collection
Date Range
c.1929-1961
Collection Number
MFC 26
Extent
33 items in 2 map folders
Language of Materials
English
Repository
Special Collections (Maps)

Introduction

Scope and Contents

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 BANZARE expedition to Antarctica and the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric project also highlight his significant photography work in Antarctica and the Snowy Mountains. Comprises items 1-33.

Conditions Governing Access

Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (https://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/1030382).

Conditions Governing Use

Some of the items within this collection, including some that have been made available as digitised images, are still in copyright. Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation

Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of map item], Frank Hurley Map Collection, National Library of Australia, [item number]'.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The maps were part of the collection presented to the Library by Mrs Hurley in 1963, which primarily comprised several thousand of Frank Hurley's photographs.

A substantial collection of photographs by Hurley are held in the Library's Pictures Collection.

The diaries of Frank Hurley (Series 1 Items 2-4 and Series 1 Item 17) are available on microfilm at mfm G 10285. Further diaries of Frank Hurley (1912-1918) are held by the Mitchell Library.

Separated Materials

View the catalogue record for the Papers of Frank Hurley, 1912-1962, at MS 883. Items 72-82 of MS 883 are papers originally located in the Pictures and Map collections and relocated in Manuscripts in 1974-2002.

Biographical Note

Photographer and explorer. James Francis (Frank) Hurley was born in Sydney in 1885. He was educated at the Glebe Public School and later attended lectures at the University of Sydney. He became interested in photography, worked for a postcard business and in 1910 held his first exhibition. In 1911 Douglas Mawson invited Hurley to be the photographer on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition. He took both still photographs and movie film and on his return to Sydney he produced the film Home of the Blizzard. In November 1913 he returned to the Antarctic with an expedition to relieve Mawson. In 1914 he joined the Antarctic expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton and took the famous photographs of the destruction of the "Endurance". He returned to England in 1916 where he assembled his photographs and produced the film In the Grip of Polar Ice. 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 and produced both a film and a book Pearls and Savages. He made further films in Dutch New Guinea and the Torres Strait Islands, worked as pictorial editor for The Sun (Sydney) and 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.

Item Descriptions

Maps of Australian and New Zealand Air Routes: Copyright Supplement to the Official Airline Guide, 1:6,000,000, 1958 (Item 1) - Folder 1

Map of Australia showing routes of major airlines around the continent. Includes inset of New Zealand with major air routes around New Zealand and to Australia. Also includes inset of Papua New Guinea with major air routes around New Zealand and to Australia Map is annotated in pen possibly by Hurley, including: "Require another visit: Wyndham, Damn Site on Old T; Carr Boyd Range, Golden Gate, Cockatoo Springs, Victoria Riv Gorge, Gorge of Katherine". Other annotations, routes and an expenses tally are also marked on recto and verso. On sheet 65 x 86 cm.

Creator / Publisher

Reproduced by H.E.C. Robinson Pty. Ltd., Sydney. Based on a map of Australia produced by the Department of National Development. H.E.C. Robinson Pty. Ltd., Sydney, Australia.

Subgrp 2-12. Shell road maps of Australia, scales vary, c.1955 - c.1960

Folding road maps of Australia. Shell road maps c.1960 included attractive cover images of colour drawings depicting State flora, or tourist scenes relating to the map's subject.

Creator / Publisher

Shell Touring Service. The Shell Company of Australia Limited.

New South Wales (Item 2 & 3) - Folder 1

Road map of New South Wales including main roads and mileage, and directory of towns. Verso shows " Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra" road map, with detailed maps of Sydney City and Environs. 2 copies. Item 3 includes annotations in pen including notes and routes marked out. On sheet 54 x 68 cm.

SydneyBrisbane: City of Gold Coast, Pacific Beautizone (Item 4) - Folder 1

Road map showing Sydney to Brisbane. Recto includes road maps of the Gold Coast and the Pacific Beautizone region, and detailed street maps of sections of the Gold Coast. Verso includes detailed maps of main roads in Sydney and Brisbane cities. Also shows towns of Tuncurry and Forster, Coff's harbour, Grafton and Port Macquarie. On sheet 55 x 78 cm.

Queensland (Item 5) - Folder 1

Road map of Queensland (with North Queensland inset) including main roads and mileage, and directory of towns. Verso shows a road map of the South Eastern District and detailed street maps of Brisbane, Brisbane and Environs, and Toowoomba. On sheet 55 x 68 cm.

MaryboroughBundabergRockhamptonMackay (Item 6) - Folder 1

Road map showing Maryborough – Bundaberg – Rockhampton – Mackay including main roads and mileages. Verso shows detailed street maps of Maryborough, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Port Curtis and Gladstone. On sheet 54 x 68 cm.

Northern Coastal District: Bowen, Townsville, Cairns, Mossman (Item 7) - Folder 1

Road map showing Northern Coastal District (Bowen to Daintree) including main roads and mileage. Verso includes detailed street maps of Bowen, Townsville, Innisfail and City of Cairns. On sheet 27 x 68 cm.

MackayBowen & Barrier Reef Is. (Item 8) - Folder 1

Road map showing Mackay to Bowen including main roads and mileage, and detailed street maps of McKay, Proserpine and detailed view of Herron Island. Verso shows maps of Long Island, Lindeman Island, Hayman Island and South Molle Island. On sheet 27 x 68 cm.

South Australia (Item 9) - Folder 1

Road map of South Australia showing eastern portion of state on recto and western portion of state on verso. Verso also shows detailed street maps of Adelaide and Broken Hill. On sheet 55 x 68 cm.

AdelaidePerth, Perth – Adelaide (Item 10 & 11) - Folder 1

Road map showing Adelaide to Perth via National Route 1, shown in strip maps. Also includes detailed street maps of City of Kalgoorlie, Traffic Arrangements Kwinana Freeway, and an overview map of the Adelaide to Perth routes showing bitumen and unsealed roads. Verso shows Perth to Adelaide strip maps, and includes a detailed street map of Adelaide. 2 Copies. On sheet 55 x 68.

South Australia: Far North & Eyre Peninsula (Item 12) - Folder 1

Road map of northern portion of South Australia showing "Far north of South Australia including Northern Territory border to Alice Springs" and "Diagrammatic strip map - Port Augusta to Alice Springs". Includes detailed map of Ayers Rock [ Uluru]. Verso shows road map of Eyre Peninsula and detailed street maps of Port Augusta, Whyalla, Port Lincoln and Flinders Ranges. On sheet 55 x 68 cm.

Subgrp 13-17. Shell Touring pamphlets, c.1955 - c.1960

Touring pamphlets for regions of Australia listing attractions and accommodation along routes.

Creator / Publisher

Shell Touring Service. The Shell Company of Australia Limited.

Sydney to Brisbane: Towns and Touring Attractions (Item 13) - Folder 1

New South Wales: Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds (Item 14) - Folder 1

Touring pamphlet listing camping grounds from Sydney to Brisbane, and across New South Wales.

Tropical Playground: Barrier Reef Isles (Item 15) - Folder 1

Queensland (and BrisbaneSydney): Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds (Item 16) - Folder 1

Touring pamphlet listing camping grounds from Sydney to Brisbane, and across Queensland.

Western Australia: Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds (Item 17) - Folder 1

Touring pamphlet listing camping grounds across Western Australia.

Shell Touring Service information sheets in folder (Item 18) - Folder 2

Various Shell Touring Service information sheets collated in a Shell Touring Service wallet including: Sydney to Brisbane; Brisbane to Mackay; Mackay to Daintree; Charleville to Cloncurry; Port Hedland to Darwin; Perth to Port Hedland. Also includes motel listings for Sydney and New South Wales, Brisbane and Queensland, Victoria, South Australia Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Creator / Publisher

Shell Touring Service

Road Map: New South Wales (Item 19) - Folder 2

Road map booklet for New South Wales, including sectional road maps and strip maps.

Creator / Publisher

BP / COR

Mobil Road Guide: New South Wales, scales vary (Item 20) - Folder 2

Road map of whole state of New South Wales including highways and major roads. Verso shows "Scenic Trips Around Sydney" including main roads between Gosford, Sydney, Wollongong and Katoomba. Also includes map of Sydney outlet roads. On sheet 43 x 56 cm.

Creator / Publisher

Cartography and photo-lithography by the Ruskin Press, Melb. Mobil, Melbourne.

Caltex Road Map of Victoria, scales vary (Item 21) - Folder 2

Road map of Victoria showing highways, main roads and national roads. Includes detailed maps of the City of Melbourne, Melbourne Outlet Roads, and Around Melbourne. On sheet 50 x 74 cm.

Creator / Publisher

Produced by Clive Barrass. Caltex.

Atlantic Road Map of Victoria, Eighteenth Edition, scales vary (Item 22) - Folder 2

Road map of Victoria showing highways and main connecting roads. Includes a directory of distances. Verso shows detailed maps of Melbourne, Gippsland, and Geelong and Western Districts. On sheet 48 x 75 cm.

Creator

H.E.C. Robinson Pty. Ltd. Published by Atlantic Union Oil Company Pty. Limited.

Mobil Road Guide: South Australia, scales vary (Item 23) - Folder 2

Road map of south western portion of South Australia with insets for Mt Gambier region and a portion of the Great Australian Bight. Verso shows the south eastern portion of South Australia . On sheet 43 x 56 cm.

Creator / Publisher

Mobil.

Gregory's Road Map of South Australia, Map No. 50, scales vary, c.1960 (Item 24) - Folder 2

Road map of South Australia shows classes of roads, distances and reserves, with tourist information and index. Includes insets: Inner City Routes and Adelaide City. Verso includes enlarged sections: South eastern South Australia and insets: Adelaide Region and Adelaide metropolitan area and Mt. Lofty. On sheet 101 x 76 cm.

Creator / Publisher

Clive Barrass. Published by Clive Barrass.

Adelaide and Suburbs Tourist Map (Item 25) - Folder 2

Street map of Adelaide city with index of attractions, and road map of Adelaide and Suburbs. Verso includes guide to points of interest in Adelaide and surrounds. On sheet 28 x 40 cm.

Creator / Publisher

Issued by South Australian Government Publicity and Tourist Bureau, Adelaide.

Northern Territory of Australia, 1:2,000,000, 1953 (Item 26) - Folder 2

Topographic map of the Northern Territory. Verso includes directory of place names. On sheet 99 x 66 cm.

Creator / Publisher

Compiled and drawn by the National Mapping Office, Department of the Interior, Canberra.

W.A. Tourist Guide and Speedo Road Chart, c.1960 (Item 27) - Folder 2

Tourist guide booklet including attraction and accommodation guides, and sectional road maps.

Creator / Publisher

Set up and printed by H.D. Clare and Co., Perth.

Western Australian Current News Topics, 1961 (Item 28) - Folder 2

Current affairs circular. Vol. 1, No.4, September 1961.

Creator / Publisher

Issued by the W.A. Government Tourist Development Authority.

Western Australian Accommodation Guide (Item 29) - Folder 2

Accommodation guide to Perth and principal country towns.

Creator / Publisher

Issued by the W.A. Government Tourist Development Authority.

Western Australia for your Next Holiday (Item 30) - Folder 2

Western Australia tourist brochure.

Hurley's notes of distance calculations for a trip (Item 31) - Folder 2

Calculations written on card.

B.A.N.Z.A.R.E. 1929-30-31 (Item 32) - Folder 2

Map showing outlines of South Africa, Australia and a portion of the coast of the Australian Antarctic Territory, and the voyages of the British Australian (and) New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE) during a research expedition into Antarctica between 1929 and 1931, involving two voyages over consecutive Austral summers. Top right corner of map has been cut out. On sheet 43 x 65 cm.

The Sydney Morning Herald Snowy Mountains Supplement, 1955 (Item 33) - Folder 2

Newspaper supplement commemorating the official opening of the Snowy Mountain hydro-electric project.

Newspaper clipping, 1954 (Item 34) - Folder 2

Page 9-10 of Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday January 12, 1954.


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