Convict Landscapes

Maria Island

About the project

A project that accurately portrays the historical and archaeological information concerning Maria Island. This involved meticulous research and collaboration with experts to accurately map out all known structures, work sites, and connections to the past, presenting them in a user-friendly manner.

Top Features

Storytelling and

The Maria Island mapping portal utilises interactive story tours and 360-degree imagery to immerse visitors in the rich history of the island, making the past accessible and engaging through digital storytelling.

Preservation and

By digitising historical research and offering interactive educational resources, the portal acts as a digital conservation tool, preserving Maria Island’s heritage and inspiring future generations to value cultural and natural preservation.

Historical Data

Employing Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the mapping portal accurately documents Maria Island’s historical structures and landscapes, offering a dynamic visual exploration of its transformation across different historical periods.

Problems Solved

and Interpretation

The project aims to narrate the diverse history of Maria Island through digital storytelling, effectively connecting visitors with the island’s past. By integrating narrative techniques with historical content, the goal is to provide a more engaging and immersive learning experience.


  • Guided tours on the webmap bring Maria Island’s history to life through enriched narratives and images.

  • Virtual reality experiences with 360-degree photos and videos allow exploration of historical sites as if physically present.


Ensuring the historical and archaeological accuracy of the information presented about Maria Island is crucial. This involves meticulous research and collaboration with experts to map out all known structures, work sites, and links to the past accurately.


  • Collaboration with historians and archaeologists ensures the map’s historical data and narratives are accurate.

  • GIS and other mapping technologies accurately plot historical sites and structures.

  • A system for continuous updates incorporates new discoveries and corrections based on ongoing research and feedback.

and Education

The project serves as a digital conservation tool that aids in the preservation of Maria Island’s cultural and natural heritage, while also educating the public about its historical significance.


  • A comprehensive digital archive preserves Maria Island’s historical and archaeological findings for future generations.

  • Tailored educational materials and interactive content facilitate learning about the island’s history.

Data Accessibility and Time Traveller’s Delight

This aspect of the application focuses on making the rich historical and cultural data of Maria Island easily accessible to a wide audience, enabling users to “travel” through time and explore the island’s evolution across different periods.


  • The webmap’s intuitive interface features searchable databases and time sliders for easy navigation.

  • Full capabilities on mobile devices allows for on-the-go access and exploration of Maria Island.

Ready to unleash the power of GIS into your business?

We would welcome the opportunity to engage with you and to discuss how we can support your GIS needs.