This map was part of a set of information and maps issued to competitors in the Australian Federal Capital Design Competition to assist in the preparation of their designs. An international competition to select a design for the new capital city of Canberra had been announced by the Department of Home Affairs in April 1911.
Competitors were each issued with a wooden box containing information and maps for guidance in the preparation of their designs. These boxes contained the following material:
· a booklet of information about the competition, its rules and local Canberra conditions
· reports on the geology of the capital site by the New South Wales Government Geologist, EF Pittman, with survey map
· a report on the climate of the Yass–Canberra district by the Commonwealth Meteorologist, HA Hunt, with rainfall and temperature map
· a contour map of the capital site with a scale of 20 chains to an inch
· two copies of a four-part contour map of the capital site with a scale of 400 feet to an inch (one copy was to be submitted with the proposed city design drawn on it)
· a topographical map of the Federal Capital Territory, with a scale of 6000 feet to an inch
· a map of New South Wales
· a map of the south-eastern portion of New South Wales, showing the location of the Federal Capital Territory
· two hand-painted cycloramic (360 degree) sketches of the capital site – one showing the view from Camp Hill; the other from Mount Vernon.