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  • 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.
  • John Noble Core Rogers (1898-1971) was the second Director of National Mapping and Chairman of the National Mapping Council. Jack Rogers was involved with the National Mapping Council from before its formation in 1945 until shortly before his death. Jack was the Commonwealth Surveyor General from 1945 until 1963. His survey career spanned some 55 years and included appointments to several other high-level management positions, some of which he still held at the time of his death at age 73 years. In this article Laurie McLean has provided a detailed biography of Jack Rogers.
  • John Allen recently 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 (Natmap 1971-73) recently gave a presentation on Surveying Methods for Control of Mapping. Frank kindly provided a copy of this presentation which has been converted to a PDF file for easier reading.
  • Ted Graham has contributed photographs from his fieldwork with Natmap's Geodetic Survey, Ground Marking for Aerodist and Aerodist Operations.
  • 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.
  • Training Notes for National Mapping Field Survey Staff were compiled by Reginald Arthur Ford, Senior Technical Officer, while he was the Training Officer for the Melbourne Office. After many years of field experience, Reg documented most of the Nat Map Melbourne's accepted field survey procedures and methodologies covered by these notes. As such this document represents the consistent standard provided to and expected from all involved in field survey work during the late 1960s and 1970s. These notes were never published but just photocopied as required. This web version was derived from the personal copies provided by a number of Natmappers and their cooperation is appreciated. While every effort has been made to ensure correct conversion, users may find minor inconsistencies in the text and tables.
  • ...or ealier than that...

  • Carl McMaster joined Nat Map in 1962 after being a Deck Cadet and then articled to a surveyor in private practice. Whilst being involved across a range of Nat Map's activities, Carl is known for his work with Aerodist block adjustments and then as Director of the Australian Centre for Remote Sensing (ACRES). His biographical profile is now available via this link.
  • Con Veenstra joined Nat Map in 1965 following a background as a seaman and as a hydrographic surveyor. Con held several senior positions prior to becoming Director of National Mapping from 1981 to 1987. This biographical profile of Con has been prepared by Laurie McLean in consultation with Con Veenstra.
  • The National Levelling Survey and the Australian Height Datum describes the work involved in establishing the Australian Height Datum (AHD).
  • Australian Longitudes by WIRE and WIRELESS describes how time information transmitted using the technologies of telegraph and then broadcast assisted in the accurate determination of longitude in Australia.