Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What things are mapped on the Cultural Atlas of Australia?

A: The Cultural Atlas focuses on prominent, full-length works of narrative fiction—namely films, novels, and plays. We do not currently map poetry, short stories, television series, documentary, or biography except where these provide important supplementary information to an already mapped narrative.

We would like to include more historical narratives written or released prior to 1950 and narratives set in urban centres, but so far we have concentrated on more recent stories set in the Australian landscape.


Q: What kinds of contributions can I make to the Cultural Atlas of Australia?

A: We would like your help to add more narratives and locations to the Cultural Atlas of Australia.

If there's a film, novel, or play that you would like to see represented on the Cultural Atlas, we'd like to know. Our main criterion is that the narrative must be set primarily in Australia (i.e., a movie filmed in Australia but set elsewhere, such as The Matrix trilogy, would not qualify for the Cultural Atlas).

For novels, we have two criteria that need to be met. Because the number of published Australian novels vastly exceeds the number of Australian films released and plays staged (as well as our ability to map them all), any novel we map must either
- have won a major Australian literary award (see Wikipedia for a list of relevant literary awards)
- or be on a secondary school syllabus or tertiary reading list.

If you have information about where Australian novels, plays, or films are set (or filmed), we'd also like to know. Your contribution could be in the form of a photograph of a location or you might share knowledge about the settings of specific narrative places or events, directions to a location, or information about how the location is significant (what is its local and historical importance?).


Q: How can I contribute to the Cultural Atlas of Australia?

A: There are two ways to contribute information to the Cultural Atlas of Australia:
  1) Go to the Contact page and follow the link that says Click here to contribute to the Cultural Atlas of Australia
  2) Go to the Map page, search for a text or click on the title of a text inside a location marker then scroll down to the bottom of the page and follow the link that says Contribute information to this narrative.

When you submit your contribution, please be specific and remember to tell us how you know what you know (are you a local who knows about a location, or did you interview an author, read an article, or work on the production of a film or a play?).


Q: How can I contribute a photograph of one of the locations on the Cultural Atlas of Australia?

A: Please attach location photos on the Contact page where it says Click here to contribute to the Cultural Atlas of Australia or on the Map page where it says Contribute information to this Narrative. When you upload your image make sure it is good quality but the file is not too big (less than 1.5MB). Please include a caption naming the location and its relation to the narrative, and a source (normally the name of the person who took the photograph) so we can attribute the image properly.


Q: How can I correct inaccurate information on the Cultural Atlas of Australia?

A: Please go to the Contact page and contact us if you notice an error or if you have more accurate or specific information to add to the Atlas.