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Welcome to XNATMAP

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.

    What's New as of 20 November 2022
    Hover over a title for a synopsis or click associated Item tag for its manuscript



      • The Canberra Survey Corps Association, Newsletter, No.60, November 2022, contains the folowing articles :

          Article : Women in Uniform with a photograph of Kalen Sargeant;

          Article : WREMAPS 11 - the RASC Airborne Profile Recorder;

          Article : Vale - William McDougall (Bill) Harvey, MBE (1940-2022);

          Article : Photo Gallery - the first, 1st Order theodolite and Tellurometer traverse, 1958, completing the Charters Towers, Queensland, to Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, section of the Geodetic Survey of Australia.

      • A permanent addition to the Quicklinks section below is a link to a new page Major Programs & Related enabling direct access to the information about the listed topic.

      • Item (Updated)
        WILD Heerbrugg Model T4 Universal Theodolite : their known Australian history
        Wild produced a total of 439 model T4 theodolites between 1941 and 1981, of which it appears that four were used operationally in Australia. All four T4's still exist and as little was documented, this article attempts to summarise the use of the T4 by the respective agencies.

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        Airborne Electronic Distance Measuring : A Brief History
        The technology of Electronic Distance Measuring (EDM) was a major factor in the successful completion of Australia's national survey and mapping programs. Terrestrial and later airborne EDM systems evolved from World War Two radar developments and were at the forefront of surveying technology until the advent of satellite based surveying and navigation technology in the 1970s. This revised paper is an attempt to catalogue the major airborne distance measuring systems that were developed during the twentieth century, with the focus on the history and use of airborne EDM used in, or associated with, the surveying and mapping of Australia.

      • Item (Updated)
        Bathymetric Mapping - Natmap's Unfinished Program
        The original article of 2014 has now undergone a major revision by Charlie Watson, to now include additional information and photographs.

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        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.


      Quicklinks

      • Previously in What's New
      • Major Programs & Related : enables direct access to the information on the listed topics.
      • Information on map reading and interpretation, specifically for Natmap medium scale topographic maps, can be found in
        Natmapís Topographic Maps : a guide to map reading and Notes on Map Reading by Reg Ford and Bob Goldsworthy.
      • Available National Mapping Technical Reports and Special Publications.
      • Resources page.

      • The XNATMAP website is archived in perpetuity under the PANDORA initiative of the National Library of Australia and associated State Libraries. Commenced in 1996, Pandora (Preserving and Accessing Networked Documentary Resources of Australia) is Australia's web archive; a growing collection of Australian online publications.
        Cultural Advice : This website contains the images of deceased Aboriginal persons. Please exercise care when viewing the content.


 
 
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