1945 - 1954





Resolutions of the Committee at its meeting held at Canberra, A.C.T.,

14th & 15th August, 1944


No. 1

"That the term "Australia" in the original constitution of the Committee embrace the Commonwealth and territories under the control of the Commonwealth or in which the Commonwealth is vitally interested having regard to its national commitments."

No. 2

"This Committee recommends the adoption of the map series at present being produced by the Army, viz. 4 mile and 1 mile to an inch as the basic type of map for the national survey and recommends that consideration be given to the production of larger scale maps than 1 mile to an inch when necessary."

No. 3

"That in the opinion of this Committee the provision of 4 mile and 1 mile to an inch maps of the type at present being produced by the Army is the responsibility of the Commonwealth and is a national undertaking which should be financed by the Commonwealth."

No. 4

"That in the opinion of this Committee, Commonwealth funds should be made available to meet the cost wholly or in part, for the preparation of large scale maps where such maps are necessary in the Commonwealth's interests and if Commonwealth funds are so provided for the development of any project requiring maps of any scale, the standard of survey and mapping shall be determined by the national survey authority."

No. 5

"That there be established immediately in Canberra, under the aegis of the Commonwealth Surveyor-General, a national repository of maps and a catalogue of air mapping photos produced by the various Commonwealth survey and mapping agencies."

No. 6

"That all Commonwealth survey and mapping agencies be required to refer all their mapping proposals for consideration by the Commonwealth Survey Committee so as to achieve a necessary degree of co-ordination."

No. 7

"This Committee recommends that as a post-war project the whole of the central mapping activities of the Army and R.A.A.F. should be transferred to Canberra. The Committee notes that the mapping activities of both of these authorities are at present located in temporary premises. The Committee realises that the transfer will be subject to the convenience of the service concerned"

No. 8

"A recommendation be made to provide for a representative of the Department of Post-War Reconstruction to be co-opted to the Committee."

No. 9

"The Committee notes the effective development of the mapping agencies now existing in the Navy, Army and Air Force and having regard to (a) the considerable defence requirements in respect of survey and mapping which will be necessary to be continued in post-war years and for which the Services will necessarily assume responsibility and (b) the delay and difficulty which could be expected by any other authority in taking over the requirements of civilian authorities in respect of national survey and mapping (and for which facilities now exist in the Services)

and (c) the undesirability of having a duplication of efforts in effecting similar work and (d) the observations of the Army representative to the effect that the Army organization can be effectively used to cover the requirements of civilian and service mapping at the basic scales of 1 and 4 miles to an inch, it is recommended that the Services be recognised as the competent agencies for carrying out the national scheme of survey and mapping referred to in the previous recommendations of the Committee and that the Commonwealth provide funds for ensuring the continuity of this work on an effective basis for the production of basic surveys for defence and developmental requirements; and further, in connection with the question of continuing the national survey, essential hydrographical surveys for naval defence requirements of strategical areas and that in addition financial assistance be given to the Department of the wavy to carry out hydrographical surveys for developmental and commercial purposes in Australian waters and in Autstralian spheres of influence in the Pacific."

No. 10

"That this Committee recommends the Department of Post-War Reconstruction to set up a Committee for the purpose of allocating priority for all requirements in respect of the national survey; that an executive officer be appointed to that Committee from the Department of the interior; and that such executive officer shall also be the secretary of the Commonwealth Survey Committee."

No. 11

"This Committee suggest to the Department of Post-War Reconstruction that, in regard to item (c) of the recommendations in the 3rd Report of the Rural Reconstruction Commission under the heading "Mapping and General Surveying", the States be advised that the principles of the system of survey co-ordination operating in Victoria be adopted by all States."

No. 12

"That the next conference of State Surveyors-General should be held in Canberra in order that they may be brought into contact with the Commonwealth Surveyor-General and the Commonwealth Survey Committee.



Resolutions of the Committee at its meeting(s) held between

1944 and 1947


No. 13

"That the Committee defers consideration of establishing ways and. means of carrying out surveys and mapping for developmental purposes which the Services may not be able to undertake."

No. 14

"That this Committee records its appreciation of the work of the Mineral Resources Survey in connection with magnetic and gravimetric surveys in Australia and recommends that such work should be continued."

No. 15

"That this Committee, having heard the views of Dr. E.G. Bowen on the application of radar to surveying, inform the C.S.I.R. of the Committee's keen interest in the subject and re­commend for favourable consideration by the Council a proposal that further research be made into the design and use of radar equipment suited for survey purposes under Australian conditions."


"To facilitate the seasonal organisation and operation of the R.A.A.F. Survey Flight in half yearly periods commencing on 1st April and 1st October of each year, the Surveyor General of each

State be asked to submit his States requirements for aerial photography for such half yearly periods, to the Director of National Mapping, not less than four months before the commencement of those period (i.e. by 1st December, and 1st June). The Director of National Mapping will furnish copies of such requests to members of Common­wealth Survey Committee representing the Departments of the Army and Post-War Reconstruction for consideration and preparation of a tentative programme which will be submitted for approval to a meeting of the Committee early in January and July of each year. The finalised pro­gramme of aerial photography for the approaching half yearly period to be submitted to and recommended for endorsement by the National Mapping Council at meetings of the Council in February and August of each year. This general procedure to be departed from only in very exceptional circumstances."

No. 17

"That on receipt of any requests from State Surveyors- General for Commonwealth assistance in carrying out hydrographic surveys the Director of National Mapping shall furnish particulars of such re­quests to the Secretary, Department of the Navy and to the representa­tives on the Committee of the Departments of the Navy, Post-War recon­struction and Civil Aviation for consideration and advice in reply before submission to the National Mapping Council."

No. 18

"That the programme of aerial photography for Queensland as submitted by the Surveyor-General of Queensland with his letter of 1st June, 1945, be transmitted to the National Mapping Council and recommended for approval."

No. 19

"That in regard to the inquiry made by the Premier of Tasmania, the Committee approve of the R.A.A.F. undertaking the re­quired aerial photography in Tasmania."

No. 20

"The Committee recommend that, when aerial photography is being carried out by R.A.A.F. in Tasmania, King Island, Flinders Island and Smithton be included in the areas to be dealt with."

No. 21

"That the Member of the Commonwealth Survey Committee representing the Department of the Army, Colonel FitzGerald, shall represent the Committee on the National Mapping Council."

No. 22

"That in connection with the establishment of the National Mapping Council and the proposed appointment of a Deputy Dir­ector of National Mapping, the Committee recommends that action should be taken for the appointment of a Commonwealth Photogrammeter."

No. 23

"That the requirements of the Northern Territory be considered with the requirements of the States by the National Mapping Council."

No. 24

"That Resolution No.16 be amended to provide that regular meetings of the Commonwealth Survey Committee shall be held every six months, and that such meetings shall take place immediately

No. 25

"That prints of Commonwealth, State and private photographs be made available to other interested parties at the current rates. Copyright to be reserved by the owner of the negatives, but full use may be made of information extracted from such photographs issued to other parties."

No. 26

"The Chairman is requested to represent to the National Mapping Council that this Committee stresses the necessity for the State Surveyors-General to co-ordinate the internal requirements of the respective States and that the co-ordinated submission to the Director of National Mapping should clearly define priorities and required dates of completion within their respective States; All requests for Air photography for mapping purposes to be undertaken by the R.A.A.F. must be addressed to the Director of National Mapping and not direct to the Air Board; Such requests should be consolidated in order of priority and submitted by the 1st December and the 1st June of each year as a six monthly programme; The Committee appoints the Director of National Mapping to act on its behalf when requests other than the normal six monthly programme are received, but these will only be considered if special circumstances so warrant."

No. 27

"That the request made by the Surveyor-General of Victoria to the Director-General of National Mapping on the 31st July with reference to the extension of the trigonometrical survey of Victoria be deferred for 12 months."

No. 28

"That the order of priority in respect of requests in hand for aerial photography by R.A.A.F. be as follows:‑

1.            Nil.

2.            (a) Queensland, areas 1,2 and 3.

          (b) South Australia, areas 2 (a), (b) and (c);  areas 3(a) and (b).

          (c ) Western Australia, completion of south-west area.

3.            Murray Valley.

4.            (a)Northern Territory Road Strip

           (b)Hamersley Range

5.            Remainder of Northern Territory

6.            Remainder of Queensland.

7.            7. Other outstanding tasks."

No. 29

"That the existing methods of production and reproduction of hydrographic charts are considered satisfactory and that there is no duplication."

No. 30

"That so far as the Department of the Army is concerned the Committee considers there is no duplication of effort in the production and printing of the Army Series of Maps, viz. 1 mile, 14 mile and 1/25,000."

No. 31

"That the Committee is not aware of the post war map requirements of the Department of Air and the Department of Civil Aviation and until such information is available the Committee does not feel in a position to make a recommendation as to the Department which is to accept responsibilities. But suggest the matter be again submitted when the Air Force is in a position to state a programme, and that in the meantime no action be taken in the compilation of maps of 1/1,000,000 scale or scales in that vicinity; excluding R.A.A.F. 4080. In view of the early installation of overseas services it is desirable that the Departments of Air and Civil Aviation arrive at their future programmes as early as possible."

No. 32

"That the Servicing Departments carry out trials with the Transparency method of Depth Determination to ascertain its value for the National Survey of Australia, and that Commonwealth Survey of Australia and that Commonwealth Survey Committee be furnished with progress reports."

No. 33

"That this Committee notes the development of the application of Radar to surveying, particularly with reference to aerial photography, and considers that the conditions existing in Australia and the Territories warrant the introduction of this equipment at the earliest possible moment, and recommends that the R.A.A.F. adopt the Radar Control method of photographic air surveys, and be responsible for selection and procurement of the most suitable air and ground equipment, and operation and maintenance of this equipment."

No. 34

"The Commonwealth Survey Committee stresses the importance of air photography in post war mapping and planning and considers it most essential that the effective organisation developed by the R.A.A.F. photographic branch during the war, should be retained."

No. 35

"That the action taken in advising the Department of Defence with regard to Multiplex equipment be confirmed, and that the interpretation of Clause 2(b) of the report is that physical loan of the equipment is not intended, but that any assistance required. by other Commonwealth Survey Organisations may be met by a normal approach and suitable liaison between the organisations concerned Further, that the Committee suggests that in view of production factors the placement of the Australian order be expedited.”

No. 36

"The Commonwealth Survey Committee, having considered the mapping requirements of both the Department of Air and the Department of Civil Aviation, finds that at present the requirements for aero­nautical charts and maps are as follows:‑


(a)          Aeronautical charts at a scale of 1:1,000,000;

(b)         Instrument approach char ts at a scale of 1:250,000;

(c)          Landing Charts at a Scale of 1:31,680,

(d)         Special plotting charts required by the Royal Australian Air Force;


The Committee further finds that –


(a)          The 1:1,000,000 aeronautical charts are being produced by the Department of the Interior;

(b)         The instrument approach and landing charts are being produced by the Department of Civil Aviation;

(c)          The special plotting charts are being produced by the Army.


The Committee considers that at present there is no duplication in the production of these aeronautical charts and maps.


The Committee recommends that in the event of any other series of aeronautical charts and/or maps being required by the Department of Air or the Department of Civil Aviation the question of production should be referred to the Committee for investigation with a view to avoiding any duplication of mapping activities.”

No. 37

"The Commonwealth Survey Committee recommends that any further proposal by the Provisional International Civil Aviation Organisation, for "recommendations for Standards, Practices and Procedures for aeronautical charts and maps, " be submitted to the Committee for comment prior to their acceptance by the Commonwealth of Australia."

No. 38

"That the programme of priorities for aerial photography by R.A.A.F. as in Appendix A (not here) be approved.”

No. 39

"That the production of the 1:1,000,000 International Map Series should proceed concurrently with the proposed PICAO series of aeronautical maps.

No. 40

"That the Civil Aviation representative of Australia should discuss with PICAO the possibility of modifying the sheet lines of its aeronautical map series to conform with the Australian International map series.”

No. 41

"That the representative of the Department of Post War Reconstruction be appointed the convening authority of a sub­committee to investigate requests for mapping and air photography and submit a programme of recommended priorities prior to each meeting of the Survey Committee."

The Committee noted that this Resolution superseded Resolution No.10.”

No. 42

"That the Commonwealth Surveyor-General and Director of National Mapping be requested to have prepared a standard form for requests for surveys, mapping and air photography for the use of Commonwealth or State Authorities. This form to be submitted to the members of the Committee for approval and acceptance."

No. 43

"The Committee recommends the inclusion of a representative of the Department of Post War Reconstruction as a full member and suggests that representatives of the Department of Supply and Shipping (Mineral Resources) C.S. & I.R. and Department of External Territories, be co-opted as necessary to assist in the deliberations of the Committee; further that, further consideration of the request for full membership by these Departments be considered at a future date."

No. 44

"That subsequent to each meeting the Committee shall prepare a report to enable the Minister for the Interior to submit to Cabinet any matters arising from the meeting to which the Committee considers Cabinets attention should be drawn, or on which it is considered a direction is required."

No. 45

"The Committee notes the proposal of the Department of Air to charge for out-of-pocket expenses for air photography, and recommends that the Department of the Interior arrange for the provision of necessary funds from a vote under its control.

No. 46

"The Committee notes with interest the information supplied by the Director of the Bureau of Mineral Resources concerning the existence of automatic survey equipment in the United States of America, namely the Odograph and Elevation Meter, and having regard to the considerable saving in time and labour which should result from the application of such equipment to many types of survey, strongly supports the suggestion that one of each type of unit be obtained for the purpose of testing in Australia."

No. 47

"The Committee is of the general opinion that all mapping projects involving Commonwealth financial assistance should be dealt with as set out in the following three categories:-


(1)  Commonwealth projects which the Commonwealth cannot imple­ment and which a State undertakes at the request of the Commonwealth - this type of project should involve a major contribution from the Commonwealth;

(2)  Projects which a State proposes to undertake and which are of interest to the Commonwealth - this type of project should involve a contribution from the Commonwealth on the basis of its value to the Commonwealth, as assessed by this Committee;

(3)  Projects which are primarily a State requirement and which are of no immediate particular value to the Commonwealth - this type of project should not involve the Commonwealth in any major contribution;


and that payment under these proposals should not extend to cover recruit­ment of professional staff or the payment of salaries of existing professional staff.


The Committee is also of the opinion that the total amount dispersed in any one year should not exceed £20,000 and that it be an essential pre­requisite to any Commonwealth contribution that the work carried out conform to standards and specifications acceptable to the National Mapping Council.”

No. 48

"In connection with Resolution No. 43 of the National Mapping Council this Committee recommends that a contribution at the rate of 5/- per square mile be made by the Commonwealth in respect of each complete standard map sheet photographed by the State."

No. 49

"In connection with Resolution No. 44 of the National Mapping Council, the Committee recommends that no contribution be made."

No. 50

"In connection with Resolution No. 45 of the National Mapping Council this Committee recommends that a contribution of £500 be made toward the cost of co-ordinating the State cadastral map series and producing them on the new standard map sheet lines, it being understood that this contribution does not necessarily involve the Commonwealth in any future liability."

No. 51

"In connection with Resolution No. 47 of the National Mapping Council this Committee recommends that a contribution of 5/- per square mile for aerial photography be made by the Commonwealth in respect of each complete standard map sheet photographed by the State."

No. 52

"In connection with Resolution No.48 of the National Mapping Council this Committee recommends that the Commonwealth make a contribution of 30/- per square mile in respect of each completed standard sheet of one inch mapping carried out by the Tasmanian Government."



Resolutions of the Committee at its meeting held at the Conference Room,

Ministry of Post War Reconstruction, Canberra, A.C.T.,

on the 20th and 21st of May, 1948.


No. 53

That the report of the Sub-committee on aerial photography, as amended, be adopted.

No. 54

That the proposed revised scale of charges for air photographs be submitted to the National Mapping Council for consideration.



Resolutions of the Committee at its meeting held in the Board Room,

Department of Post-War Reconstruction, Wentworth House, Collins Street, Melbourne,

on 18th and 19th November, 1948.


No. 55

This Committee desires to express appreciation of the air photography programme completed by the R.A.A.F. during 1948 and considers that such photography is an invaluable contribution to mapping and national development.

It also desires to congratulate the Commanding Officer and members of the 87th Squadron on winning the Gloucester Cup awarded by H.Q., R.A.A.F. in recognition of its efficiency and diligence.

No. 56

This Committee recommends that in order to assist the R.A.A.F. in the planned production of prints and enlargements of air photographs, requisitioning authorities for air photography be required to submit details of the number and type of prints and/or enlargements required.


The total requirements for prints and enlargements of areas to be included in the Programme of Air Survey Photography is to be co-ordinated by the Priority Sub-Committee who will advise the following information in respect of each area included in the programme:


(i)           Address of authority requiring prints.

(ii)         Number of contact prints and/or enlargements required.

(iii)        Weight of paper required. (Double weight or single weight.)

(iv)        Paper finish required. (Glossy or matte).

(v)         Photographic finish required (Glazed or unglazed).

No. 57

That Resolution 16 be superseded by Resolution 26 and Resolution 26 amended by deleting the words "1st December and 1st June of each year as a six monthly programme;" and substituting in lieu thereof "not later than six weeks prior to each meeting of the Commonwealth Survey Committee. The Director of National Mapping to periodically advise all State Surveyors-General and members of the Commonwealth Survey Committee of the date by which such requests must be received."

No. 58

That the programme of air photography for 1948-49, as amended, be adopted,

No. 59

That the Department of the Interior take action to implement the terms of Resolution 5 in accordance with the views expressed at the meeting held in Melbourne on 19th November, 1948.

No. 60

That the R.A.A.F. index and titling system for air photography be adopted and incorporated in the Provisional National Standard Specification for Air Photography.

No. 61

With reference to the costing of work undertaken by the Army and Air Force in connection with the Burdekin River, Queensland, requirements, it is recommended that in view of the favourable consideration given at the time by the Commonwealth Survey Committee and the Northern Australia Development Commission, the out of pocket expenses incurred by the Army and Air Force be reimbursed from Commonwealth Funds.



Resolutions of the Committee at its meeting held at the Conference Room,

Ministry of Post War Reconstruction, Canberra, A.C.T.,

on 15th June, 1949.


No. 62

That the Department of the Interior approach the Treasury requesting that a special allocation of dollars be made available for the purpose of purchasing from dollar sources basic photographic material essential to the continued implementation of the National Air Photography Programme approved by the Commonwealth Survey Committee.

No. 63

The Committee approves the programme of air photography as set out on the accompanying map and recommends that arrangements be made fob the Royal Australian Air Force to photograph as much of this programme as possible during the financial year 1949-50. (Map included as appendix D – not here).

No. 64

That the Director of National Mapping make enquiries of private mapping organisations with a view to ascertaining their capabilities ,and the cost of producing maps to national requirements and standards.



Resolutions of the Committee at the meeting held at

the Department of the Interior, Canberra, A.C.T.

on 17th October, 1950.


No. 65

The Commonwealth Survey Committee notes that the Royal Canadian Air Force is active in the development of a Radar altimeter and in other projects and technique associated with air photography and mapping, and recommends that the Department of Air establish an effective technical liaison with the R.C.A.F, with a view to the procurement of information and data of potential application to Australia.

No. 66

That the report of the Priorities Sub-Committee be adopted.

No. 67

That the contribution to the States for air photography at 1:30,000 scale, be at the rate of 5/- per square mile.



Resolutions of the Committee at the meeting held at

the Department of the Interior, Canberra, A.C.T.,

on 17th April, 1951.


No. 68

The Committee considers that the request of the Department of External Territories for air photography of the complete International Border would entail a major project which at present would adversely affect mapping projects on the mainland.

The Committee, therefore, recommends, at this stage, that the R.A.A.F. be requested to undertake, on a first priority basis, a run of tri-metrogon photography along the Border between the southern coastline of Papua and the Fly River.

No. 69

The Committee has received the requirements for air photography of Papua and New Guinea and considers that a case has been justified.

The Committee agrees that for aerial photography, Papua and New Guinea should be considered concurrently with the mainland in respect of National Mapping.

With regard to early action to supplement existing photographic coverage, it is felt that such cannot be included in the R.A.A.F. Air Photography Programme before March, 1952, due to other commitments of the R.A.A.F. The Department of External Territories is requested to examine existing coverage and submit a more detailed requirement to the next meeting of the Committee.

No. 70

The Committee considers that a reduction in the air photography potential of No. 87 P.R. Squadron, R.A.A.F., or diversion of its activities to operational training will be reflected in a considerable cut in the required air photogra­phic coverage for developmental surveys and mapping.

The Committee, therefore, desires to draw the attention of the proper authorities to this state of affairs, and recommends that appropriate action be taken to urge the maintenance of, or increase in, the present R.A.A.F. air photography potential.



Resolutions of the Committee at the meeting held at

the Department of the Interior, Canberra, A.C.T.

on 23rd November, 1951.


No. 71

The Committee recommends the following alterations to the existing air photography programme;


(a)  deletion of area 127

(b)  amendment of area 124 to second priority

(c)  inclusion, or completion, on a first priority basis of the following 1 mile map sheet areas,

Reference             Name                              Scale

zone 6/702           Plumbago                      1:30,000

         6/712           Winnieninnie                 1:30,000

         3/395           Cessnock                        1:15,000

         8/377           Muswellbrook                   “

         3/396           Newcastle                         “

         8/387           Singleton                          “

         8/378           Camberwell                      “

         8/404           Lake Macquarie                 “

         8/386           Lemington


inclusion of the following areas in New Guinea:


(i)   Mt. Lamington area - scale 1:40,000 - first priority,

(ii)  Collingwood Bay Area - scale 1:40,000 - second priority

(iii)  northern portion of New Guinea International Border (tri-metrogon) – second priority.



Resolutions of the Committee at the meeting held at

the Department of the Interior, Canberra, A,C.T.,

on l8th November, l952,


No. 72

The Committee is gravely concerned at the possibility of the restrictions on Defence expenditure adversely effecting the activities of the R.A.A.F. Photo Reconnaissance Unit associated with National Developmental Surveys of Australia and New Guinea.

The Committee strongly recommends that the Government should ensure the continuity of this activity and suggests that the maintenance of the Photo Unit be supported if necessary by funds provided specifically for this purpose.

In view of the programme of photography still unaccomplished, it is considered that immediate action is required to ensure continuity of present operations pending ultimate resolution of the administrative and financial factors concerned.

No. 73

That with reference to the proposals put forward by the Priorities Sub-Committee -


(a)    All New Guinea areas be given 1st priority necessitating the following alterations ;-

             Area No. 201 to be altered to 103

             Area No. 202 to be altered to 102

(b)    On the mainland-areas 124, 134 and 138 only to remain as 1st priority - areas 132, 133, 135, 136 and 137 to revert to 2nd priority.

No. 74

The Committee requests that the gaps listed in Appendix 'L' be flown as opportunity occurs.


Appendix L

















































Int. Ref.



H/51 /9





E/52/1 0







































Gap North Sheet edge.

Gap North West corner.

Gap 7A.

Gap 6A.

Gap 5A.

Gap 9A.

Gap along S Sheet edge




Gap 1A, Gap 8A.

Gap 6A E-C.

Gap South Sheet edge, Gap 4A E-C.

Gap North Sheet edge.

Gap 5A B-C.

Gap South Sheet edge, Gap 10A.

Gap 2A & 3A. Refly 10 & 13.

Refly Gap 2A & 3A Runs 11, 12,

13, 14 defective.

Gap 2A & Gap 7A.

Gap 10A, Gap 6A E-C.

Gap 5A & 10A

Refly Run 7.




Refly Runs 1-4 & 4A. Area

covered but runs show distortion. Refly.

Runs 1-11 to be reflown.

Gaps 7A & 11A E-C.




Fly Run 4

Gap 14A E-C

Gap 1A.




Resolution of the Committee at the Special Meeting held at

the Department of the Interior, Canberra, A.C.T.,

on 29th April, 1953.


No. 75

The Committee drawing attention to its previous Resolution No.72 and noting –


(a)  that the Department of Air has now intimated that due to budgetary considerations R.A.A.F. can only undertake air photography for the Committee on the basis of an annual reimbursement of  £162,000;

(b) that on the basis of this reimbursement the R.A.A.F. should be able to complete during 1953/54 the minimum amount of air photography required by Commonwealth Departments during that period;

(c)  that if a sum smaller than £162,000 is provided to cover the cost of air photography during 1953/54 then it will be necessary to make alternative arrangements for the work to be done on a contract basis by a commercial air survey company, in which case, on the basis of estimated costs of such contract, the minimum amount of air photography required during 1953/54 could not be completed;

(d) that the R.A.A.F. is currently engaged on portion of the required programme;

(e)  that the trimetrogon air photography required along the Netherlands/Australian Border in New Guinea can only be undertaken by the R.A.A.F;


now recommends that the Minister for Interior be asked to seek Cabinet approval to the continuation of air photography by the R.A.A.F. and to the provision during 1953/54 of £162,000 to cover the cost thereof.



Resolutions of the Committee at the meeting held at

the Department of the Interior, Canberra,. A.C.T.

on 14th September, 1953.


No. 76

That where Commonwealth agencies require maps in order to undertake investigations which have been specifically requested by a State, then wherever possible arrangements should be made for the State to produce the maps.

No. 77

The Commonwealth Survey Committee considers that the scale of 1/50,000 to be the most economical and effective scale for basic mapping, and that this scale should be given preference over larger scale photography in the adopted programme.

No. 78

The Committee notes that as a consequence of Cabinet decision No.769 it will not be possible for the R.A.A.F. to undertake photography of the Netherlands/Australian border in New Guinea. The Committee recognises the importance of this work but regrets that it can not be included in the 1953/54 programme in view of the limited funds available.

No. 79

The Committee recommends:-


(a) that Recommendation No.1 of the Priority Sub-Committee on Air Photography be adopted with the exception of the, following areas:-


FERGUSSON RIVER                   (Interior)

BROKEN HILL                              (B.M.R.)

MILDURA(Completed portion)     (Army)


(b) that departmental requirements be re-submitted on the prescribed forms as soon as possible.

No. 80

The Committee records its appreciation of the excellent work carried out by the R.A.A.F. in the air photography of Australia during the period 1945-1953 and requests that its sincere thanks be conveyed to the Chief of the Air Staff and all past and present members of No.87 Squadron and of the Directorate of Operations (Photography).



Resolutions of the Committee at the Meeting held at

the Department of the Interior, Canberra,

on 1st April, 1954.


No. 81

"That a sub—committee be appointed consisting of the Director of National Mapping, the Director of Army Survey and the Director of Lands, Territory of Papua New Guinea to investigate the desirability of adopting new sheet lines and the Universal Transverse Mercator Projection for New Guinea mapping."

No. 82

"That the Committee adopt the following guiding principles when considering allocation of priorities:-


(i)           that departments or authorities requesting air photography or basic topographic mapping for use in connection with geological, geophysical, soil or vegetation surveys or other similar investigations should be asked by the Commonwealth Survey Committee where possible to plan their work in areas for which photography and basic maps are already available.


          Where this course is not practicable, departments should try to confine their routine activities to

          areas of interest to more than one authority so that immediate use can be made of photography

          and basic mapping by a number of agencies. By this means greater coverage by resources

          survey would be achieved from the air photography and basic mapping available from limited



(ii)         that where existing photographs are available irres­pective of scale, or age before further photography is provided for the requesting authority a case should be established that reflying is more economical than mapping or field work based on the use of existing photography.


(iii)        that, where state mapping authorities have an economical arrangement for securing air photographs by private contract, such authorities should be asked to undertake photography on behalf of the Commonwealth."

No. 83

"That the report of the Priority Sub—committee on the programme of air photography for the year 1954-55 be adopted subject to the following:-


(i)           delete the southern areas coloured red on the map of the Territory of Papua-New Guinea;


(ii)         if suitable arrangements can be made with Western Australia Lands Department, delete

         Augathella and Charleville 4 mile areas and substitute therefore appropriate areas in the

         Esperance - Ravensthorpe or Marble Bar areas."