[OSGeo Africa] Thematic historical maps/shapefiles of Johannesburg

Grant Slater openstreetmap at firefishy.com
Tue Dec 8 06:32:03 PST 2015

Hi Miriam,

Not the direct answer you are looking for...

Myself and a colleague are working on getting all* NGI 50k and 250k
historical topographic maps online soon.
50k Example of Cape Town: http://htonl.dev.openstreetmap.org/50k-ct/
(Year switcher at top to switch years)
250k Example of Cape Town: http://htonl.dev.openstreetmap.org/250k-ct/

I imagine I'll have it online at the beginning of January. If you
cannot wait until then, ask NGI for a copy of their historic
topographic series.

PS: I'd love to chat to anyone else about getting similar topographic
maps of any other country online.

*: National coverage. 1940s to 2010s.

Kind regards,


On 8 December 2015 at 13:49, Miriam Maina <binti.m at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Team,
> I have been looking for historical maps (or shapefiles) of Johannesburg's
> early (non-residential) land uses.
> A good example would be industry location and the manufacturing areas in the
> 1940's-1950's, or even further back.
> Would anyone have a resource or archive in mind? I don't mind digitizing
> hard copy maps, so libraries would also be okay.
> Many thanks,
> Warm Regards,
> Miriam M. Maina
> T. +27 11 717 7619
> C. +27 767 033 473
> E. binti.m at gmail.com, maina_miriam at yahoo.com
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