The Maps zone contains records to maps, indexes, books and photographs, either external records or digitised items in Trove. Our collection contains items dating back to the 16thcentury, including the Archipelagus Orientalis, sive Asiaticus one of the earliest maps of Australia.

Within these are some digitised items, which you can view within Trove.


The viewer allows you to manipulate the image to make viewing easier. You can: zoom in and out of the image, rotating the image 360 degrees and expanding the image to full screen.

Image of the Trove map viewer


The viewer controls allow for zoom, rotation and navigation. The tools are located on the top left and top right of the viewer.

Table of controls for using the viewer


Details icon Details

The Details option provides you with information about the item you are viewing. You can find information such as title, issue details and the shelf location of the print copy at the National Library of Australia.

Copyright icon Copyright

Many images in the Trove Digital Library collection are still in copyright. You can view the copyright status of the item, including the reason for this status under the copyright option. This information is a guide only; the item you are viewing may be subject to additional agreements relating to use and reproduction. If you would like further information on the status of any item, please use the link to Trove’s ‘Contact us’ form.

Cite icon Cite

Click on the cite option to find the citation style that best suits your work. You can copy and paste the any citation into your document. Citations are automatically generated so may require some modification. You need to be consistent when citing article in a report or assignment, only use one type of citation method once you have started your project.

Download icon Download

Depending on the copyright status of each item in the collection you will be able to download a digital copy to save to your device. You can download images as PDF or JPG file types.

Order icon Order

You can order a copy of any image you find in the collection. You can order standard images for research or higher resolution images for publication. All copy orders are referred to the National Library’s Copies Direct service. If an item is in copyright you may require permission from the copyright holder to obtain a copy.

Share icon Share

You can share all of the items you find in the Trove Digital Library via social media. We advise checking the copyright status of every item before sharing, downloading or printing.

Map Indexes

Maps are surveys of areas of importance; usually with associated geological, strategic or economic markers.An index provides information on the location of this map in relation to other maps. There are two types of indexes:

  1. Basic indexes: These will appear in the viewer as an image, or in the browse panel as a static image. These indexes will point to the location of a map within a digital collection or to the location of the hardcopy original.
  2. Interactive indexes: These will only appear in the browse panel, you can navigate to an interactive index by selecting ‘Browse’ above your viewer or by clicking on the link to the browse panel in the catalogue record.

Navigating between maps

When you are viewing a digitised item it may be part of a collection. To navigate between maps or photographs in a collection click the left or right arrows above the viewer, to go to a collection cover page click on the up arrow. If you are viewing a collection with a title page, select the down arrow to navigate to the first image in the collection.

Image of the Trove map viewer showing navigation tools

Browsing a collection of maps

You can browse to other items in the collection by clicking on the ‘Browse’ link at the top of the page, this will open a browse panel. From here, you can also download a copy of a specific map

Image of the Trove map viewer with browse panel open

At the top of the browse panel there are controls to navigate through the collection. Click on any of the image thumbnails to view the image in the viewer. You can return to the browse panel at any time, by clicking on the 'Browse' link.

Browsing a collection of maps using an interactive index

Some items will have an interactive index that you can use to browse a collection. An interactive index differs from a standard index because it provides a direct link to a map. Interactive indexes will tend to be available only for items that are out of copyright.

When an interactive index is available there will be additional functions in the viewer that will assist your navigation journey. You can select any of the arrows around the viewer to navigate to the next area in the mapping. Select ‘Interactive map index’ or the ‘Browse’ link to open the interactive index.

Image of the Trove map viewer with browse links highlighted

Once you open the interactive map index you can select the specific map that you would like to view. Areas on the index with available maps are coloured in light pink if they have one associated map, dark pink if they have multiple associated maps. The National Library is only able to provide the maps that it holds, so the areas on the map index that are not coloured pink do not have an associated map.

Image of the Trove map viewer with interactive index browse panel open

Select the pink area that you would like to view. If the area has single map it will open in the viewer, if the area has multiple maps you will be asked to select your preferred item, the map will then open in the viewer.

Browsing a collection of aerial photographs

Aerial photographs are a distinct survey type. Like maps, aerial photographs show a particular area with a focus on specific aspect of the environment. For most aerial photography the focus is on surveying the geological features of the landscape or capturing landmarks of strategic importance. Most photographs will have limited or no contextual information written on the image.

Image of the Trove map viewer showing browse panel links

Indexes for aerial photographs provide location information for each image so that you can recognise the specific area being shown. Select ‘Map index’ or ‘Browse’ to open the aerial map index. Images on the index with available photographs are coloured in pink, to preview the images for each of the areas select the ‘View map sheets’ option in the top right corner of the panel.

Image of the Trove map viewer with browse panel open

The images are in numerical order as they appear on the index 1-20. Select an image to open it in the viewer, you can navigate between images by using the arrows at the top left corner of the viewer. Some collections will have a large number of photographs, to navigate to more photographs click on the drop down box at the top of the browse panel and select the set that corresponds to the indexed number.

How to download a map from a collection

If a map is digitised, you should be able to download or buy a copy.  

If the map is part of a collection, or the image displayed is not the map you want a copy of, click the 'browse' button located in the top menu bar.

Screen capture of the 'Browse' button within the Trove interface.

Click through to the map you need.

In the map viewer, there is a column of icons on the left side of the screen.

The fourth icon down is the download button. 

Screen capture of the 'download' button within the Trove interface.

Check the preferred quality option. 

Click 'Start download'.

Scren capture of the 'Start download' button within the Trove interface.

If you wish to buy a copy, on the Trove record page, a green 'Buy' button should be present at the bottom of the page:

Screen capture of the 'Buy' button on a Trove record page.

The icon underneath the 'download' button on the sidebar will also lead to options for purchasing a copy.