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Diverse, Mapping Related, Articles

  • Just over a century ago Surveyor's Harry Mouat and Frederick Marshall Johnston met on the now Australian Capital Territory - New South Wales border, thus completing the demarcation survey. While this was an important event in the history of the ACT these two papers Some Historical Aspects of Australian Capital Territory Mapping and its Map Grid and Some of the early Survey Work of Thomas Alexander Vance (1882 - 1959), cover lesser known elements associated with the surveying and mapping of the ACT.
  • The 1800 kilometre long, north-south border between the state of Western Australia and the states of South Australia and the Northern Territory runs east-west for over one hundred metres at latitude 26 degrees south. The opportunity to make the border a single straight line was rejected by the States involved in 1967. More detail can be found in this article.
  • Circa early 1970s Track Notes to drive from Laverton To Ayers Rock via Warburton (WARNING : these notes are some 40 years old and are provided for their historical value and not for navigational purposes as the tracks and their locations have changed).
  • Jackey Jackey airfield was named after Galmahra, an aboriginal youth selected to accompany the explorer and assistant surveyor Edmund Besley Court Kennedy (1818-1848) and eleven other men on an expedition to Cape York Peninsula. However, over the years this airfield has had other names and is today the Northern Peninsula airport. This article covers the origin and some history of this airfield.
  • Early machines for making maps on the move - read about the Co-graph and the Odograph.
  • April 2015 commemorates 100 years since our nation's involvement in the First World War. Frank J. Doolan's 1934 paper The Survey of the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, provides another view of that monument's design and construction. The Shrine was carefully designed so that a natural ray of sunlight would fall on the word love, on the Stone of Remembrance at 11am. For the next five thousand years the design would see that this event occurred within 2 minutes of 11am on 11 November. Melbourne's adoption of daylight saving time in 1971/72, however, caused a problem which was solved with mirrors.
  • Col Fuller's paper "A Case Study of a Central Service Agency - the Australian Survey Office" provides an historical overview of Australian Federal civilian survey and mapping from 1901 to circa 1980. However, the tables have been expanded to complete the ASO/AUSLIG history to 2000 when AUSLIG was merged to become part of today's Geoscience Australia.
  • We easily remember Arthur Phillip and James Cook as part of Australia's history. However, we should not overlook the impact on that history of the Longitude Act, John and William Harrison, Nevil Maskelyne and the other navigational improvements the Act funded. With the idea of a Longitude Reward being revived in 2014, this article The Longitude Reward - its association with the founding and settlement of Australia covers these other aspects especially Harrison's work on obtaining accurate longitude at sea.
  • Following the success of Larcum Kendall's copy K1, of John Harrison's marine timekeeper H4, as reported by Lieutenant James Cook, K1 operated for another twenty years with only minor repairs. Several mariner-navigators, whose names are closely associated with early Australian discovery and settlement, all used Kendall's timepieces during their voyages as described in this article Marine Timekeepers used by Cook, Phillip and Flinders.
  • This article Australia : Colonies, States/Territories & Federation is an update of the one that was printed in the NatMap News No. 50 of December 1984. In checking its currency the attached two papers were found which provide a similar overview albeit from 1894 and 2013, plus a 1971 paper focusing on the instruments of establishment or alteration of the various boundaries.
  • In Reg Ford's 1979 paper "The Division of National Mapping's part in the Geodetic Survey of Australia", Reg briefly mentions Natmap's 1964 contracting of Mr Bill Moyle of Carranya Station to undertake the grading of a new track from Old Billiluna homestead to Well 51 and to then continue with further track-work southwards to Well 45. With access to historical information held by Natmapper's Des Young and Kevin Snell, McLean & Wise retrace Moyle's route to determine if any sign of it remains today.
  • Wells of the Canning Stock Route, which supplied water to the parties of the geodetic survey, Aerodist and others, have almost disappeared. Photographs of the Wells of the CSR from several sources, taken in the 1960s & 2000s and supplied to Paul Wise, show the well's general deterioration over time.
  • Notes on the Canning Stock Route and related Explorers who first went into the western deserts of Australia

  • Author Phil Bianchi kindly supplied some later material related to the Canning Stock Route (CSR). The official photograph of AW Canning, from the Battye Library, WA that our website had been using was shown to be incorrect. A mistake was made by the library in captioning a photo and the error has been, and is still being, perpetuated by many authors and websites. The attached explains how the error was found and now our website contains the correct photograph of Canning.

    Phil also supplied a number of photos relating to places mentioned in the above CSR articles. These photos can be viewed here.

  • Astronomy and Geodesy in Australia to 1914 is extracted from a longer paper by Pietro Baracchi, F.R.A.S., the then Government Astronomer of Victoria. His original paper was included in a Handbook specially prepared for the use of members of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, at the Australian Meeting of 1914. He reports on how astronomy in Australia from the earliest times laid the foundation for Australian geodesy including the resolutions of the 1912 meeting of Surveyors-General in Melbourne.
  • Natmap remembers Rabbit Flat and the hospitality of Bruce and Jacqueline Farrands now they have retired.
  • The Lost Tribe (More correctly survivors of a lost society unable to continue without the other groups which formed the fabric of a culture that had sustained their people for 25,000 years) by Bob Goldsworthy. This article was first printed in Natmap News 50 of December 1984, but is republished here along with another referenced article. Photos of the encounter taken by Bob, Bobroff, Ed Burke & Jim Combe can be found here.
  • The Murray River - from source to sea an article by Kevin Moody recounting his complete journey along the 'Mighty Murray'
  • Not all mapping is about discovery as reported in "Australian scientists 'undiscover' south Pacific island".
  • A dated (circa mid-1980s) but nonetheless interesting technical insight into the DETERMINATION OF MAGNETIC DECLINATION.
  • Kidson the geophysicist, 1914 camel trek from Prieview : Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Issues 115 & 116 of April & June 2005 respectively.