Newcastle Historical Real Estate Maps Index

LambtonREThe University of Newcastle Cultural Collections photo archive on Flickr contains over 800 historical real estate sale maps.

To make these maps easier to locate, I have constructed a ‘visual index’ using Google Maps. Click on a shaded area in the map below to see links to map images for that area. You can also view the visual index in full-screen mode.

What’s the use of these maps?


  • This map is a visual index only intended to aid in locating relevant maps for a particular area. The shaded areas are not meant to be an accurate survey.
  • The visual index includes maps in the Cultural Collections photostream from the Newcastle/Lake Macquarie/Port Stephens area.
    • The index doesn’t include (yet) places from further afield like Katoomba¬†or Cessnock.
    • The index also doesn’t include wide area maps like. Platt’s Estate 1912 as these would clutter the index map too much.
    • The list of images not indexed yet is here.
  • Some shaded areas link to multiple maps. (e.g. “M3219v Mayfield (1888)”) This can happen when
    • there are duplicate scans of the same map
    • there are different versions of a map (e.g. colour vs black and white)
    • The same or similar area was up for sale in different years.
  • Where there are multiple maps covering the same area I have sometimes trimmed the shaded clickable areas in order to avoid having overlaps.
  • Some maps are split into two or more clickable areas on the index, to avoid too many overlapping areas. e.g Mayfield in 1921.
  • I have labelled the title of each area with the modern suburb name, not the original suburb name. e.g. Mayfield West rather than Waratah. Where the shaded area overlaps multiple suburbs I have labelled it with the suburb that the land mainly is located in.
  • Although almost all the historical maps could be reliably located in the modern Google Maps, sometimes this was problematic, and in these cases I’ve made a best guess at locating the land. e.g. Sparke Street Georgetown in 1924.
  • While most maps match what currently exists in the landscape, there are some examples of subdivisions that never made it into reality. The most notable example is Pindimar City on the north shore of Port Stephens. Another example is the Ramsgate subdivision on the southern shores of Lake Macquarie.

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