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The Q150 GPS Marker commemorates the 150th anniversary of the separation of Queenland from New South Wales and 150 years of surveying in Queensland.

The spatial sciences profession ( surveyors, map makers and those who work with location information) placed over 60 GPS Marks at significant locations around Queensland during 2009. The marks accurately depict latitude and longitude and provide the public with a means to check the accuracy of their in-car, in-boat and hand-held navigation devices.

The project was launched at the Museum of Lands, Mapping and Surveying in Brisbane on 24 June 2009.

Queensland's early explorers were often surveyors. Local members of SSSI (Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute) Queensland will tell the stories of early surveyors and map makers by placing signs adjacent to many of the GPS Marks and celebrating 150 years of Queensland's history through public events celebrating the past and showcasing the future of the profession.

When Queensland separated from New South Wales on 6 June 1859, it was the only colony in Australia that did not require a special Act of the Imperial Parliament for its establishment. After a short period with an interim governing Executive Council, the new colony commenced as a fully functioning democracy with an elected Legislative Assembly on 22 May 1860.


Address:Mackay Bypass Road, Mackay Botanical Gardens, Mackay, 4740
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -21.157806
Long: 149.159667
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2009
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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