Cartography as Art

If you have ever seen Robert Hoddle's 1837 survey of the town of Melbourne, you instantly recognise the genius of Murray Walker’s tapestry, Melbourne. The huge tapestry hanging in the foyer of Bourke Place captures the grid plan for Melbourne as drawn up by the Surveyor Hoddle. The tapestry also includes the original topographic features of Batman Hill, the natural alignment of the Yarra River and the surrounding tea tree scrub as drawn by Hoddle on the map. The tapestry details include the ink spills that you can also see on the original. If you love maps, you will be delighted to see this work.


The original Hoddle map is held by the Public Records Office of Victoria, however, you see a digital copy in the One Place, Many Stories website overlaid over a present day map or satellite image.

The tapestry really highlights how cartography can be represented in art and that many of the early survey plans, were art in their own right.

You can see the tapestry in the foyer of 600 Bourke St.

To see the Hoddle map go to One Place, Many Stories:

Under the option, Select your school, select An example school, and under Select your project, choose, Maps of Early Melbourne.

You then may have to zoom into central Melbourne, where you see the pins. Enjoy.

Graeme Martin

Consulting Manager

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Graeme Martin

Graeme is passionate about devising solutions using geospatial information to assist people to make decisions. Graeme is Spatial Vision’s General Manager for Operations and still leads major consulting projects for customers.

For over 25 years Graeme has assisted a range of organisations with strategic advice, design of bespoke information systems, stakeholder engagement and skills transfer.

Graeme has worked across a range of sectors including international development assistance, emergency services, water utilities, natural resource management, commercial services and local government.

For any enquiries please contact us on 1300 36 67 96 or contact Graeme directly via email

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