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Dunphy Gangerang and Kowmung maps paper size

Postby prawn » Fri 02 Aug, 2019 6:38 pm

Is anyone aware of what paper size these Dunphy sktech maps are supposed to be? They don't seem to follow any of the A or B series sizes.
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Re: Dunphy Gangerang and Kowmung maps paper size

Postby Warin » Fri 02 Aug, 2019 8:36 pm

prawn wrote:Is anyone aware of what paper size these Dunphy sktech maps are supposed to be? They don't seem to follow any of the A or B series sizes.


That was well before A and B sized paper became common here. They could have be drawn on 'butchers paper' that come from a roll of paper the butcher used to wrap meat - again well before plastic film wrapping. It was a nice white cream colour, while limited in width .. say 1 meter, the length was very long. Why would he use 'butchers paper' - because it was not ruled, clean and cheap.

Other sizes? 'Foolscap', 'quarto', 'imperial' are possibilities... as could be 'legal'. Fairly common for these to be ruled to assist people writing.

So to answer your question .. what size? Probably of a size suitable for carrying.

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Re: Dunphy Gangerang and Kowmung maps paper size

Postby Mark F » Fri 02 Aug, 2019 9:39 pm

If you can find a reference in a library index to the map it will likely tell you the size. A quick search in the National Library index shows Dunphy's Warrumbungles map (1945) is 88 by 74 cm. The State Library of NSW is a better source. For instance Gangerang 6th ed 1967 is 94 x 66cm.
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Re: Dunphy Gangerang and Kowmung maps paper size

Postby prawn » Sat 03 Aug, 2019 11:49 am

Warin wrote:
prawn wrote:Is anyone aware of what paper size these Dunphy sktech maps are supposed to be? They don't seem to follow any of the A or B series sizes.


That was well before A and B sized paper became common here. They could have be drawn on 'butchers paper' that come from a roll of paper the butcher used to wrap meat - again well before plastic film wrapping. It was a nice white cream colour, while limited in width .. say 1 meter, the length was very long. Why would he use 'butchers paper' - because it was not ruled, clean and cheap.

Other sizes? 'Foolscap', 'quarto', 'imperial' are possibilities... as could be 'legal'. Fairly common for these to be ruled to assist people writing.

So to answer your question .. what size? Probably of a size suitable for carrying.

And the length of a piece of string is from one end to the other. :)


Yeah I was checking to see if it followed any of the old British imperial sizes, but it doesn't seem to. Thanks for the insight though.
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Re: Dunphy Gangerang and Kowmung maps paper size

Postby prawn » Sat 03 Aug, 2019 11:53 am

Mark F wrote:If you can find a reference in a library index to the map it will likely tell you the size. A quick search in the National Library index shows Dunphy's Warrumbungles map (1945) is 88 by 74 cm. The State Library of NSW is a better source. For instance Gangerang 6th ed 1967 is 94 x 66cm.


Thanks Mark, well pointed out. Was actually checking this exact edition before, but was looking at the downloaded file properties itself, not the index information. Given the most recent edition of the map essentially just revised some place names, the dimensions should be the same.
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Re: Dunphy Gangerang and Kowmung maps paper size

Postby Allchin09 » Sun 04 Aug, 2019 3:10 pm

Are you trying to reprint digital copies to original size? Remember that the print held in a library may not be the exact same size as the one you're working on, due to different editions and also various prints of the different editions.

It's sometimes worth working off the scale and scale bar provided on the maps. Both Gangerang and Kowmung have a scale of 2 inch to 1 mile, so the 2 mile scale bar on the maps should measure 4 inches when printed to the correct scale.
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