TLCMap provides ways to work with humanities mapping data for research projects in many ways, creating, uploading, downloading, analysing and visualising. There are also some core map layers provided by cultural and humanities institutions that are important to digital humanities mapping in Australia which we have put extra effort into making available.

ANPS and NCC Data

The Gazetteer of Historical Australian Places began with data from the Australian National Placename Survey. At the time this was the only aggregated gazetteer of place names for the whole of Australia, collected from state authorities and with some historical and Indigenous place names added, however only about third of more than 300,000 places had coordinates in a good format. TLCMap processed the remaining 200,000 to provide the first searchable and mappable online database of placenames across the whole of Australia. Since then we have added the authoritative National Composite Gazetteer data.

ADA Archive of Digitised Colonial Censuses

TLCMap hosts an instance of the Historical and Colonial Census Data Archive provided by ADA, for ease of access. Several projects, including TLCMap are working to improve the structure of this data so it is easier to process by computer, and to map these censuses and the data in them.


The AusStage layers come from AusStage, a comprehensive database of performance throughout Australia’s history. AusStage also provided a list of all corroborees in the collection.


AustLang is a layer of Australian Languages made available by AIATSIS. It’s an important layer for indicating Indigenous presence and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups in Australia.