State Library of Queensland has a unique collection of digitised real estate maps and plans created by real estate firms from the 1850s to the mid-1900s. Real estate maps can provide information about how land was subdivided, first auctioned, who the surveyors were and who sold the land. They can be gems for investigating urban development, local history and house histories.
The maps in this collection are predominantly from Brisbane, but also cover some regional areas of Queensland and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
Historypin allows us to use the map location and date information to “pin” it to Google Maps. This is useful because it allows you to browse a suburb, area or street, and find estate maps in that location without knowing the name of the estate or any other information. Once you have located a map you can select the ‘pin’ to get more information about the estate and view an estate map in more detail. Best of all, these maps are out of copyright, and high resolution versions are available for free download from One Search our catalogue.
This collection is a work in progress and some of the map ‘pins’ are not precisely located. Please contact us if you have questions or notice any errors.One Search is a great way to view a list of all State Library’s digitised estate maps and to get access to the Real Estate Maps of Queensland on Historypin.
If you found this interesting why not come visit the latest State Library of Queensland exhibition, Home: a suburban obsession, opens 7 December 2018 – 14 July 2019. It highlights one of the largest digitised photographic collections of Queensland houses, Frank and Eunice Corley House Photographs collection.
Visitor and Information Services
State Library exhibition, “Home: a suburban obsession” – http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/calevents/general/exhibitions/home-a-suburban-obsession
Real estate maps of Queensland on Historypin – https://www.historypin.org/en/real-estate-maps-of-queensland/
One Search – http://onesearch.slq.qld.gov.au
Membership – http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/services/membership
Ask Us service – http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/services/ask-us