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On the state of the surveys in Tasmania


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McIntyre, George (1882) On the state of the surveys in Tasmania. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 145-150.

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At recent meetings of the Royal Society the question of the
present state of the surveys in Tasmania and the best methods
to be adopted for placing them upon a sound basis was under
discussion, and various suggestions were made on the subject.
Subsequently, on the 27th October, a letter was published in
The Mercury under the heading " Field Surveyors," which was
intended as a reply to the unfavourable comments which had
been made upon the existing survey system. This letter was
signed by Mr. J. E. Calder, a gentleman who for several years
held the office of Surveyor-General for Tasmania, and is therefore
entitled to consideration as dealing with a subject with
which it is only reasonable to assume he is well acquainted.
Statements, however, are made and reasoning’s adopted which
are open to criticism; while the general impression conveyed
to the mind of the unprofessional reader amounts to this :

That the surveys of Tasmania are as good as it is possible to
make them in a timbered and rugged country, and that a
trigonometrical survey is practically useless. Mr. George McIntyre, was an Authorised and Licensed Surveyor, from
Christchurch, New Zealand.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 145-150
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2012 21:57
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:45
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