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A site for preserving NATMAP's (The Division of National Mapping) history and maintaining contact with the people who were part of that history.
As the Australian Landsat Station (ALS), later the Australian Centre for Remote Sensing (ACRES) was part of the Division its history also forms part of this site.
The XNATMAP site is being archived in perpetuity as part of the National Library of Australia and related State Libraries PANDORA initiative.
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      As of 1 August 2021

      • Wilfred Hercy Dominick (Jerry) Whitlock (1898-1978)
        Jerry Whitlock was a Driver (Survey) with Dave Hocking's 1949 field survey party that carried out astrofixes for mapping control for the then 4 Miles to an inch scale planimetric map series. The 1949 field party worked in the Northern Territory. Jerry Whitlock brought a wealth of experience to the field party that he had gained through an interesting life of varied pursuits. Born in Sydney, he served in the Canadian Army in World War I, worked on the survey for the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory, established 2 war-time tracks across the Tanami Desert for defence purposes, and with his wife Ena established the Frewena roadhouse on the Barkly Highway. In this article Laurie McLean provides a biographical sketch of Jerry Whitlock.
      • XNATMAP Website Mapping with Australian Map Coordinates or Data
        This paper describes and indicatively quantifies the divergence between Australian historical and today's geodetic datums. Furthermore, the outcome when using such historical mapping data in Web Mapping applications and such data's managemnment on the XNATMAP website, is indicated.
      • Australian Primary Data Acquisition Progress Maps for Topographic Mapping 1827-1988
        While there were various maps showing a south land from antiquity and the later navigator/explorers, these maps were mostly of coastline. Some forty years after the First Fleet arrived, in 1827 then Major (later Sir) Thomas Livingstone Mitchell (1792-1855) as Surveyor General saw the first systematic surveying and mapping of Australia. After that, settlement drove the need for mapping. As the XNATMAP website enters it fifteenth year an accumulation of information on Australian primary data acquisition for topographic mapping, gathered and standardised during those years, is presented by Paul Wise.

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