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  • Light, Flag, Timeball and Electric Signals, at and between, the Colonial Towns of Melbourne and William
    The southern Victorian bay now known as Port Phillip was first named Port King in 1802. On its shores the towns of William and Melbourne were established with William later becoming today's Williamstown. The town of Melbourne being upriver, saw the town of William, being right on the bay, become its first port. The relationship between these two sites saw the use of light, flag, timeball and electric telegraph signals, at and between them, to advise shipping movements initially and then to coordinate time. The flagstaff, lighthouse and electric telegraph station facilities sequentially developed at Williamstown were mirrored by Melbourne's own flagstaff and telegraph station. After the Melbourne Observatory in the Domain formally commenced operations on 9 June 1863, the telegraph was used to drop the timeballs at Williamstown and Melbourne until 1926. This was followed by the Observatory broadcasting a time service until June 1945, after which the time service became the responsibility of the then Commonwealth Observatory in Canberra. This article describes the events and use of the signalling technology from the early nineteenth to the early twentieth century.
  • The Canberra Survey Corps Association, Newsletter, No.60, November 2022, contains the folowing articles :

      Article : Women in Uniform with a photograph of Kalen Sargeant;

      Article : WREMAPS 11 - the RASC Airborne Profile Recorder;

      Article : Vale - William McDougall (Bill) Harvey, MBE (1940-2022);

      Article : Photo Gallery - the first, 1st Order theodolite and Tellurometer traverse, 1958, completing the Charters Towers, Queensland, to Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, section of the Geodetic Survey of Australia.

  • 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.
  • Historical Locations connected with Lasseter's Grave, Petermann Ranges, Central Australia
    Lewis Hubert Lasseter (1880-1931) later and more commonly Lewis Harold Bell Lasseter died a lonely death in the bush searching for a fortune in gold. This article by Paul Wise, does not repeat the Lasseter story or the search for his reef of gold, but is about reconciling various locations, from the literature, connected with the region and the Lasseter story. In doing so maps of the time from explorers and others are examined as many of the place or feature names relevant to the region and Lasseter, are spelt differently by different people and other place names are not depicted on modern maps or listed in gazetteers. WARNING : This article contains the names and images of deceased aboriginal persons.
  • The Unmarked Graves of Billiluna Station in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia
    This paper is a desktop review of events that now happened nearly 100 years ago after two whitemen were killed on a remote pastoral lease in Western Australia, in 1922. The men were then buried by their aboriginal workers, and reinterred after a police onsite examination, but since that time their graves have rarely been located as far as it is known. This extensive review by Paul Wise takes original material along with spatial information of the era and today to try to relate it all in a modern framework in an attempt to acurately locate these unmarked graves. Along the way apparently disparate facts are reconciled and other information corrected.
  • 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.