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New Zealand Studies: A Guide to Bibliographic Resources

12. Maps

12. Maps

The bibliographic control of maps relating to New Zealand is unsatisfactory. There is no comprehensive retrospective bibliography of maps relating to New Zealand. Barton in a 1980 paper on the need for a national union catalogue of maps on the Canadian model, estimates that less than 10 per cent of the maps in New Zealand collections are covered by published lists and library catalogues.

The published cartobibliographies divide neatly into three groups: first those of the imperial mapping agencies, second the national imprint, and third the locally produced specialised listings. Catalogues were issued by the Hydrographer of the Navy {Catalogue of Admiralty Charts and Hydrographic Publications... 1829-) the Colonial Office (Catalogue of the Maps, Plans and Charts in the Library of the Colonial Office (1910)) and the Hydrographic Office (Manuscript Geographic Catalogue. Section Listing Documents Relevant to New Zealand up to 1930 Housed in the Department's Archives (1957)).

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The national imprint of official maps is listed in the New Zealand Hydrographic Office's New Zealand Chart Catalogue (1959-) now in its 12th edition in 1983, and in the New Zealand Department of Lands and Survey's Catalogue of Maps (provisional edition 1949, first edition 1959, second edition 1975 (loose-leaf)). Currently published maps, both government and private, are listed in the current National Bibliography.

A number of very useful specialised bibliographies have been produced by R. P. Hargreaves including Maps in New Zealand Provincial Council Papers (1964); Maps in the Appendices to the Journals, House of Representatives 1861-1907 (1968); Maps of New Zealand Appearing in British Parliamentary Papers (1962); Nineteenth Century British Hydrographic Charts of New Zealand (1969); and Ninteenth Century Otago and Southland Town Plans-(1968, supplement 1971). Branches of the New Zealand Geographical Society have produced two area cartobibliographies Maps of Canterbury and the West Coast (1958) and The Mapping of Otago (1947). R. P. Hargreaves's list 'French explorers maps of New Zealand' is included in Tooley's The Mapping of Australia (1979).

The best bibliographic sources are the card catalogues of major research libraries with New Zealand collections: the Alexander Turnbull and Hocken libraries in New Zealand; the Mitchell, National Library and State Library of Victoria in Australia; and the British Library in London.