Below is a list of historical documents that are of great use in interpreting old survey plans and historical records as they allow us to understand the documentation that surveyors created whilst undertaking their work.
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1864 - Regulations for the Guidance of Licensed Surveyors (PDF 716.6 KB)
Transcript of original 1864 document for easier reading.
Black and white scan of original 1864 document.
1872 - Surveyor's instructions (PDF 1.9 MB)
Transcript of original 1872 document for easier reading.
1872 - Surveyor's instructions (PDF 12.2 MB)
These survey instructions are particularly useful for interpreting field book indexes, or information on crown plans or survey files as the instructions guided surveyors on how to document their work.
Colour scan of original 1872 document.
Transcript of original 1886 document for easier reading.
The Surveyor General often published surveying standards, regulations, guidelines and documents to ensure surveyors provided the best possible surveying services.
Colour scan of original 1886 document.
1914 - NSW Regulations for licensed surveyors (PDF 16.2 MB)
Black and white scan of original 1914 document.
1914 - NSW Regulations for licensed surveyors (PDF 11.4 MB)
Transcript of original 1914 document for easier reading.
1914 - NSW Regulations for licensed surveyors (PDF 6.9 MB)
After the introduction of the Crowns Lands Consolidations Act 1913 many survey requirements were fined tuned for the new Act. These regulations were published by the Surveyor General Mr F Poate for the guidance of surveyors who were licensed to undertake work on behalf of the Department of Lands.
Colour scan of original 1914 document.
1945 - Notes on Survey Investigation - RW Willis (PDF 7.2 MB)
Black and white scan of original 1945 document.