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  • Claude William Bernard King (6 May 1920 - 13 July 2018).
    Dr Claude William Bernard King passed away in Canberra on 13 July 2018 at age 98 years. Claude King joined Nat Map's Melbourne-based Topographic Survey Branch in April 1972 as a surveyor class 1. Here he implemented his MODBLOCK and related software programs to bring Nat Map into the numerical aerotriangulation era. In the mid-1970s Claude moved to Canberra as a senior surveyor where he headed the Special Projects Section in the Systems Development Branch under supervising surveyor Klaus Leppert. Claude King retired from Nat Map in May 1985 a few days before his sixty-fifth birthday. Claude's funeral notice may be read here and a tribute to him is available here.
  • Surveyors serving with Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions (ANARE) from 1948 to 1958 were engaged by the Department of External Affairs. From 1959 the Division of National Mapping engaged surveyors for ANARE service. Laurie McLean has compiled a list of surveyors and survey technicians known to have served in Antarctica and sub-Antarctic locations with ANARE between 1948 and 1987. The list has been compiled from numerous sources but may not be complete. Further information will be welcomed.
  • Tom Gale was the officer-in-charge of Nat Map's Melbourne based Antarctic Mapping Branch from 1959 to 1971. In the early 1960s while in that position, Tom undertook two voyages to Antarctica on the MV Thala Dan undertaking hydrographic surveys with Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions. Earlier he had a 33 year career in the Royal Australian Navy where he was a Hydrographic Surveyor. At age 13 years Tom Gale joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Cadet in 1925 and retired with the rank of Commander in 1958. In 1945 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross as commander of HMAS Benalla that carried out successful survey work under dangerous conditions in the Far East and Philippines during World War II. In this article Laurie McLean provides details about Tom Gale's life and his careers in the Royal Australian Navy and Nat Map.
  • Trevor Glen Trevillian (1922-1995) was a career public servant mostly with Nat Map (1947-1981) in its Canberra offices. Trevor started with Nat Map as a Cadet Draftsman (Cartographic) and at retirement held the position of Chief Cartographer, Thematic Mapping Branch. Along the way, Trevor was responsible for the compilation of maps for ANARE (Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions) and later managed the Photolithographic Laboratory. In 1950 Trevor was a member of a three man field party which undertook Nat Map's first Laplace observations with a Wild T4 theodolite along the Stuart Highway to the north of Alice Springs. Trevor's companions on that field trip were party leader, Dimitrius Jim Fominas and Graham Stanton Gus Murray. Thanks to Andrew Murray, who made his father's 1950 field photographs available and Laurie McLean for his research assistance, the article National Mapping's First Laplace Field Work was compiled along with a Vale for Trevor Trevillian.
  • National Mapping's involvement with satellite positioning can be traced back to the late 1960s. It was 1975 however, before satellite positioning technology had developed sufficiently for it to be used in a national program. Subsequently, Australia moved to an earth centred datum with the adoption of GPS. This paper by Paul Wise, traces the development of satellite positioning leading to its use by National Mapping, and summarises relevant future world wide plans for this technology.
  • 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 paper Airborne Electronic Distance Measuring : A Brief History seeks 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.