Mineral exploration

Historical exploration and mining tenement maps

The historic exploration and mining tenement maps show the location of mineral titles across the Northern Territory between 1960 and January 2000.

More than 6000 paper maps have been scanned as images, representing 40 years of mapping mineral titles across various map scales.

You can click on the NT Map below to start exploring these historical maps.  Read below for an explanation of how to use them.

Go to the STRIKE website for current granted mineral titles or applications for all mineral titles.


How to use the maps

As you cannot search for individual titles on these images, you will need to have some geographic knowledge, or a general area of interest, before you start.

Before you access the map images by clicking on the above Territory map, please read the following information:

After selecting the map that you are interested in, you will be presented with a table, listing the available images for that region similar to example 1 below.

Example 1

Recommended method for a quick view of the images.

Example table

This option will enable the browser of your computer to view the images, and will enable you to pan around and zoom into an area of your interest.

The first time you access the images through this option, you will need to download a plug-in for your Internet Browser. When you click on the image link itself, the download will start automatically. Please follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process. This process will not have to be repeated on subsequent accesses.

To pan, hold down the left mouse button and drag the image. To zoom in, hold down both the left and right mouse buttons at the same time and move the mouse forward (as if moving the pointer on the monitor upwards).

To zoom out, hold down both the left and right mouse buttons at the same time and move the mouse backwards (as if moving the pointer on the monitor downwards).

Map Scale

'x' indicates the scale of the map captured in the image (see above example).

Example 2

Example date

In the above examples, the image that will be loaded, will be of a map at 1:250 000 scale. The date "18/08/1982" appears on the map image meaning that this map was updated from 18 August 1982.


The purpose of the date field is to give an approximate chronological order to the maps that are available in the area of your interest. This date reflects one of the following three possibilities:

1. If the date, shown in the date field, appears on the map image then the map was put into service on that date. This is the typical case. (See example to the left.)

2. If the date, shown in the date field, does not appear on the map image then the map was updated to that date. The date was taken from the back of the original paper map which was placed there by archiving staff. This may be the case on some maps dating around the 1960-70's.

3. If the date field is blank, then the paper map was not marked with either of the previously mentioned dates. These maps generally would be dating around the 1960-70's.

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Last updated: 21 May 2018


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