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National Mapping Related Articles

  • More widely known for his development of the Lauf Method for conformal transformation adopted by National Mapping, Gordon Lauf also played a role in other significant technological developments. Such developments included Shoran positioning for payload delivery and aerial photography, gyro-theodolite use for direction finding in mines and for military purposes and the Tellurometer. A brief profile outlining his career and activities can be viewed via this link.
  • The little known Relief Model of Australia is a 64 square metre representation of Australia at approximately 1: 500,000 scale. Conceived, and built under his supervision by Edwin Sherbon Hills (1906-1986) of the University of Melbourne, it was initially financed by the Army but finally completed with funding from National Mapping in 1954. The Commonwealth's copy of the 26 parts of the model is understood to be housed by Scienceworks (Sydney) at its Moreland store.
  • With digital maps the idea of discrete map sheets has almost disappeared. Nevertheless, if one still wants a paper map of an area a map name and identifier will be required. The history behind Australian map series and their associated map sheet identification is described in this article.
  • During the 1960s, a number of Natmappers attended the Royal Australian Survey Corps, School of Military Survey, formerly at Balcombe, Victoria. This article attempts to record those who attended and provides information and photographs from the time.
  • 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.
  • MOORKAIE and Related Trigonometrical Points 60 Years On reveals that while Moorkaie, Nat Map's first cairn over a ground mark built in 1954, still exists some surrounding cairns have been replaced. The original end points of the 1954 Nat Map base line for this section of the geodetic survey of Australia appear to have also been upgraded and monumented by the relevant New South Wales state authority.
  • Natmap remembers Rabbit Flat and the hospitality of Bruce and Jacqueline Farrands now they have retired.
  • John Allen came across a story involving Nat Map's Howard Angus Bill Johnson. Remembering hearing about the events at the time, John has provided further detail for this article.
  • Frank Johnston's (Natmap 1971-73) presentation on Surveying Methods for Control of Mapping as a PDF file for easier reading.
  • During their recent travels Bill and Fiona Stuchbery revisited several stations occupied for Aerodist line measuring operations in 1973. This article describes the current condition of the stations visited.
  • National Mapping Aerodist survey control station NMC 40 is located on the side of the Sturt Highway to the east of Hay in the Riverina district of New South Wales. This survey station was revisited in July 2015. Revisits to NM/C/131 outside of Dubbo, New South Wales, and NM/B/337 outside of Goondiwindi, Queensland, have also now been documented.
  • The Centre(s) of Australia - why we have five (5) and where they are!
  • NMD 25 : The Last “Natmap” Cairn.
  • NATMAP SURVEY BEACONS IN GOOD CONDITION AFTER 46 YEARS by Laurie Mclean with additional material by Paul Wise.
  • NMG 56 - its condition after standing against the elements of the Tanami for some 53 years.
  • Phil Lennie's Work Record and farewell card (have a close look at the names of those who signed the card) - courtesy Ruth Lennie.
  • A Surveyor's Letters home.