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26-May-2019
26-May-2019

Photographs supplied by Alan Doyle

A geodetic survey station commemorates Frederick Marshall Johnston who was Commonwealth Surveyor General and the first Director of National Mapping.

Johnston arrived in Canberra in 1913 to work as a surveyor. He surveyed the south eastern portion of the ACT border and the Cotter Valley when World War One commenced. Initially he was not allowed to enlist until December 1916; and before then he was transferred to work in Western Australia on the site of a naval base and the transcontinental railway.

He arrived in England in July 1918 and was taken on strength with the Engineers Detail. He returned to Australia in December and being discharged in January 1920. Johnston returned to Canberra to work  and went on to become Commonwealth Surveyor General (1944 - 1949), Chief Property Officer and Director of National Mapping as well as serving on the Australian Capital Territory Advisory Council (1945 - 1949).

NOTE:   This monument is located on private property.  Mount Cavenagh Station is owned by Victory Grazing Pty Ltd, and approval of entry to Alan Doyle was granted by Amy Roche of Victory Grazing Pty Ltd for entry on the 26 May 2019.

Location

Address:Mount Cavenagh Station, Mount Cavenagh
State:NT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -25.947028
Long: 133.209639
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Technology
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Science

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1965
Front Inscription

National Mapping Council of Australia

Johnston Geodetic Station

Adopted by the Council as the datum for the National Geodetic and Topographic Survey and established by the Division of National Mapping, Commonwealth Department of National Mapping

1966

Source: MA
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