This concept of a collection of local history mapping data is innovative. Each ‘map’ will be a ‘single canvas’, completing a picture of the local area that can only be achieved by combining data from various historical sources. The website delivery of digital files that can be created with different layers of cartographical and historical detail is a creative way to share history with the public.
Add to the descriptions the methodology in the map design and the changing landscape that each map reveals and this becomes a valuable research tool. The website publication of map images will include full citations and statements about the composition. This will alert the general public to various documents held as local collections, including depositaries of aerial photography, cadastral surveys, real estate maps, and landscape images.
The Mapping Brisbane History Project (MBH) has completed three stages of research and website design since 2012. These three phases of the project was funded by the Brisbane City Council Community History Grants.