Road Covers Online

mmbw.gif Re: Neil’s post the other day, I thought I’d link to a really cool project over at State Library. They’re digitising the old MMBW records, and you can now view the map covering the period 1890 to 1950.

There are three layers of map, so you have to kind of know where you’re clicking (if you’re looking for your house), but it’s also fun for a casual browse. At the Street Detail level of the map you can even see where the outhouses, kitchens, etc were.

The system isn’t completely intuitive, so play around with it for a while. You have to click the “select” button and then click the map to go down to the next level.

In 1897, my house was the Dove Hotel. Pretty cool.

Project Info [State Library]
MMBW Digitised Records [State Library]

3 Comments so far

  1. alex (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2007 @ 1:22 am

    My street wasn’t there :(

  2. brie (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2007 @ 1:42 am

    Make sure you’re looking at it the right way. For some reason, South is on the right side. Up is West. Makes no sense.

  3. Darren (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2007 @ 4:13 pm

    It could be orientated that way for archival purposes :)

    Some plan diagrams have North going something other than upside because the grid is laterally longer, and the archival source was portrait-oriented…

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