Vicki Charman, then a Technical Officer Grade 1 in the Topographic Office in Dandenong, became the first, female technical officer to join a National Mapping team on bathymetric survey operations. During her 1987 term as an assistant watchkeeper aboard the MV Cape Pillar, surveys were undertaken in the Bonaparte Gulf, west of Darwin, and around Middleton and Elizabeth Reefs, north of Lord Howe Island. Now Vicki McRae, she has kindly provided her recollections of her bathymetric days as well as photographs taken at the time.
John Doherty worked for National Mapping in 1967. During that year he was a field party member in both Groundmarking and Aerodist. John has kindly provided details of his Year with National Mapping which he extracted from his correspondence home that had been saved by his Mother and held for the last fifty years.
A multi-million dollar project to rehabilitate a protected island of the Great Barrier Reef prompted Paul Wise to recall his stay on that same island some 45 years ago.