About The Melbourne Map project and products

The Melbourne Map is available in black & white line drawing or full colour – in different sizes.

  • Limited Edition of 300 – 1550mm x 1120mm (the same size as the original)
  • Limited Edition of 1000 – 1120mm x 828mm

Both limited editions are printed on archival 300gsm acid free rag paper, signed, numbered, embossed and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.  A genuine opportunity to secure an historic piece of Melbourne which if framed and stored properly can be handed down for generations.    The prints can be purchased unframed, and we can assist with framing and delivery if required.

  • Open edition black & white and colour art prints – 950mm x 695mm

The open edition has been printed on beautiful sovereign silk 200gsm paper sourced from plantation forests.  Each print is embossed and is available as a print only or framed in your choice of sustainable timbers by our framing partners – Frames Now.

All prints are accompanied by a “Landmarks and Points of Interest” guide and “Can you find?” list – guaranteed to give countless hours of fun as you attempt to locate them all.

The Melbourne Map story…

Without the advantages of modern digital technology and the power of the internet or social media, the first Melbourne Map published in 1990 became the highest selling poster of its time, making its way into tens of thousands of homes and businesses locally, interstate and overseas. It attracted media attention and was reproduced in Melbourne’s major newspapers and featured on radio and television programs.

There is some more information about the history of The Melbourne Map here and if you would like a copy of the 1990’s edition there are some still available here.

The significant changes to Melbourne’s skyline over the past 28 years means that the original Melbourne Map is now quite out of date.   Originally the idea was to use modern technology, scan the old map and put in the new buildings.   It quickly became apparent that this wouldn’t work, too much had changed so a new illustration was started from scratch.

The (new) Melbourne Map  line drawing is completely hand illustrated. We took loads of photos and video during our ground research and accessed aerial information on the internet.  The new illustration has included changes to the footprint of the city in the past 28 years: adding in Federation Square, Docklands precinct, the new Melbourne Sport & Entertainment precincts, Birrarung Marr, Crown and Southbank, Southern Cross Station, Melbourne Museum and new city buildings.

This version has been extended to the north and over into the Western suburbs, to include Williamstown, Newport, Yarraville, Seddon, Footscray etc.

Lewis Brownlie (chief illustrator) initially used pencil to draft in all the streets and buildings and then began the process of inking the final illustration.  This took two and a half years, more than double the time we originally estimated.

Deborah Young (character illustrator and original artist of the first Melbourne Map)  added further character to the drawing penning people, boats, cars, planes, the map monster and a few more quirky elements within the drawing.

There is no doubt about it, Melbournians and her visitors love this city.   We are so excited to have completed the project in June 2019 and able to share this illustration with the world to be treasured as an historic Melbourne momento.

If you live in Melbourne, visit often (or just once) or are an expat Melbournian then you are going to love having this on the wall.  Chances are your house, business, work or favorite place is on the map.

Funding the project….

Back in 2017 we embarked on a crowdfunding campaign and were overwhelmed with the response and support.  The pre-sales enabled us to continue with this privately funded project.  This is the link to see the Pozible Crowdfunding Video.

Plans are now afoot to produce The Melbourne Map Jigsaw Puzzle

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Frequently answered questions are on this FAQ page and you can Meet The Team here.

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