This map is made up of 74 sheets measuring 42 x 29 inches -the largest size that could be lithographed at the time. The map shows position of streets, buildings and boundaries and took up to 36 staff more than 18 months to create. The detail is impressive – stone or brick walls, whether verandah posts were iron or wood, picket fences gates and trees and so on.
The aim of digitisation was to use the maps for research, and to alow geodata to be included as well as simultaneous access by multiple users. Several versions of the images were made by an outsourced vendor. Perhaps the best feature is the overlay of old maps with new aerial photographs. A browse map function is also planned.
Another interesitng approach is to cross reference the map with transcribe content of the valuation roll – to enable family history researchers to find some details of houses or buildings that family members either owned or may have lived in.
The process is explained in some detail on this page, where you can also view the map.