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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.
The XNATMAP site is being archived in perpetuity as part of the National Library of Australia and related State Libraries PANDORA initiative.
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    What's New

      As of 1 June 2021

      • Wild Heerbrugg BC-4 Ballistic Camera and Doppler/GPS TRANET Site, Smithfield, South Australia
        The town of Smithfield is around 30 kilometres to the north of the Adelaide CBD. In this article, read how for over 30 years, a trivial section of what was once a vast wartime ammunition works and storage, near Smithfield, was set up and operated as part of a co-operative international program.
      • National Mapping's Indexing Systems for Aerial Photography, Survey and Mapping Control, Terrain Profiles and Map Publication Materials
        From the mid 1950s, National Mapping had a consistent indexing system for its aerial photography, survey and mapping control, and terrain profiles. The system ensured that each survey station, aerial film or terrain profile was uniquely identified. Separate indexing systems also existed for height or vertical control and for all map publication and associated materials. This article provides some history and an explanation of National Mapping's indexing systems.
      • 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.

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