Over 8000 hours and 3 years to research, hand-draw, and complete the project.
Melbourne is brimming with art, creativity, iconic architecture, spectacular gardens, fantastic food and of course, beautiful Melbournians! We couldn’t think of a better way to show our affection for this great city than by creating The Melbourne Map.
Many thousands of buildings, waterways, streets, gardens, and the quirky things we discovered during the research were documented by a small team of artists.
Stunning artwork for your home and office. Pieces that you and the family will treasure forever.
100% Australian & locally produced
Our small team creates products that are thoughtfully produced ensuring environmentally concsious processes (and a whole lot of love).
“Today I picked up my framed coloured Melbourne Map. Brilliant is all I can think of at the moment.
I expected it to be good but was stunned just how good it is in reality. I am enjoying going over the map and Identifying various parts of Melbourne’s features. I think this piece will be a real talking point in our home.
Thank you so much for your wonderful work and vision. Also, you made the whole process of purchase to framing to pick up so easy.”
Purchase: Framed Colour Melbourne Map
“I couldn’t contain my excitement, I had to leave work early because I knew my pictures were delivered to my door step this morning. And boy, was I excited to open those big boxes. The pictures are spectacular and I’m so proud to have them hanging on my wall.
Thank you to everyone involved in the making of them.
I just had to share my excitement with you as I’m sure many before me have too.”
Purchase:Open edition Colour framed
“I’m so thrilled to have my map finally up on the wall. When I joined the crowd funding 2 or more years ago I had just moved back into my renovated house and the wall I had picked is now beautifully covered with the map. Thanks to all who have worked on the map, it’s been a mighty effort.
Thank you to the framer the wood matches perfectly with my sideboard and finally to David who came and hung the map and a few other pieces.
Great team effort.”
Purchase: Limited Edition Print of 300
“I can confirm that the map arrived [in Amsterdam] about 10 days ago while we were still there.
My son loved the detail and could almost identify the house that he used to own in Richardson Street, Albert Park opposite the Gasworks Park.
We all agreed that it is a magnificent piece of work and an impressive achievement by you and your team.”
Purchase: Colour Art Print
Paul, Melbourne & Amsterdam
“Just wanted to let you know that our LE300 framed map is now hanging in our house and we absolutely love it! It looks fantastic. Also, see attached pics of my 2 girls (aged 2 and 5) just loving it.
Congratulations and thank you to you and your team.”
Purchase: Limited Edition Print of 300
“Just wanted to say well done on the Melbourne Map – we just love it and it was well worth the wait! It takes pride of place in my hallway and my kids and I look at it every day trying to find new things. I drive across the city every week and I am now constantly relating the detail back to the map when I get home.
A big thanks to you and your team for all your hard work!”
Purchase: Open edition B&W art print
“What a fantastic job you and your team did with the new map , I’ve lost hours on it already looking at the detail – congrats and well done .”
Purchase: Framed Melbourne Map Colour
“I was really taken by the story of this new map’s creation and production, which were my mains reasons for purchasing. And when I arrived, beautifully framed, I was not disappointed! It’s simply stunning and I’m so happy to own such a beautiful piece of art and a slice of Melbourne’s history.
So thank you!”
Purchase:Framed Colour Melbourne Map
“The print has arrived safely and is currently hidden away as it’s a Father’s Day present for my dad.
My parents had the original Melbourne map, I remember spending many hours standing on the couch as a kid looking it.
I look forward to seeing the new and old Melbourne Maps hanging in my dad’s new house!”
Purchase:Colour Melbourne Map
“I have received my beautiful Colour Melbourne Map. It’s amazing and the detail just blows my mind.
Purchase:Framed Colour Open Edition
“Thank-you very much, I have received my Melbourne Map and that was about 4 days ago and I meant to advise you then but I forgot and I am reminded of that today. My Melbourne Map looks Fantastic and I am pleased to be the owner of one of these maps, I would like to let you know and your team to know that I know how much effort and attention to detail has been put into the production of this map…
Congratulations to you all.”
Purchase:Colour open edition
The Making of The Melbourne Map
Watch the short video below to see how The Melbourne Map came to life.
The Melbourne Map Has Been Featured In
Melbourne’s First People
Excerpt from: The Once As It Was map – The ancestral family estates of Melbourne’s first people.
We encourage you to discover more on the Port Phillip website.
THE PEOPLE OF THE KULIN NATION ‘Kulin’ means ‘man’ or ‘mankind/people’. The vast region known today as Greater Melbourne, and much of central Victoria is the original domain of a millennia-old Federation of five hereditary estates; respectively the Boonwurrung, Woiwurrung, Taungurung, Dja Dja wurrung and Wathaurung people.
“Wurrung” means language. Each ‘wurrung’ community was, in turn, divided into smaller ancestral family homelands controlled by specific bloodlines, or clans. Each of the clans had a strong independence, with their own dialects and customs.
However, all were bound through a common bond of language, marriage, reciprocity, sacred sites, ceremony and judicial law. A pantheon of spiritual ancestors such as Lo-errn (Lohan) -the law maker, Mindeye - the great serpent of retribution, Karakarook - sovereign of earthly matters and women, Pallian -the bat, brother of Bunjil and creator of women, were just some of the myriad of magical and spiritual entities that dictated the lives of all Kulin population.
However, their most powerful deities were Bunjil, the Great Creator of all, personified by the Wedge-tailed Eagle, and Waa the Black Raven.
The wurrung groups who made up the Kulin Nation were only 5, of an estimated 38-40 different Aboriginal language groups which made up the lands we call Victoria today.
They represent a dynamic complexity of language, law, religion, customs and cultures a true multi-cultural state of nations. The Kulin nation continued on their ancestral country while civilizations around the world rose and fell over a sweep of 40,000 years. The culture and connections of Victorian Aboriginal people continue today.
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