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Commonwealth Government Records about South Australia


Survey

The Commonwealth's survey function was originally part of the Works Directorate. This function involved land use planning, developing policy for the effective management and allocation of land resources, promoting strategies for integrated land use, providing advice on rural and urban development, conducting surveys and demographic analyses, forecasting needs for infrastructure and facilities, and identifying heritage and significant areas.

The survey function, along with property, separated from the Works Directorate in 1945. It became a separate function with the formation of the Australian Survey Office in 1979, and later the Australian Surveying and Land Information Group in 1987. The Commonwealth sold the commercial activities of the group in July 1997. These included migration services, field surveying, customised mapping, and geographical information management systems and consultancies.

Survey records relating to South Australia held by the Archives include correspondence files, plans and drawings, field books and photographs. There also are specific groups of records relating to railways and the survey of Woomera.

SELECTED SERIES RELATING TO SURVEY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Canberra and Sydney
Recorded by: Lands and Survey Branch
Correspondence files, 'SAL' (South Australia lands), 1912–25 A185
Sydney
Recorded by: Chief Property Officer, South Australia
Military survey maps of South Australia, 1940–64 D4465
Survey plans, 1942–97 D5280
Metropolitan charting plans, 1948–83 D1545
Pastoral charting plans, 1948–83 D1543
Town charting plans, 1948–83 D1544
Trigonometrical data sheets, 1951–88 D5278
Aerial photographs, 1955–68 AP1129/2
Aerial photographs, 1964–85 D5270
Binders of data and photographs of historic sites, 1967–89 D5269
Sydney
Recorded by: Director of Works, South Australia
Survey books, 1960–91 D5290
Survey plans, 1960–73 D5292
Sydney
Recorded by: Property and Survey Division, Department of Administrative Services, South Australian Regional Office
Survey calculations field exercise books, 1973–90 D5266
Survey job files, 1977–83 D1956
Sydney
Recorded by: Australian Surveying and Land Information Group, South Australia
General correspondence files, 1979–97 D4983
Register of glass plate negatives, 1979–89 D5267
Survey field books, 1981–93 D5264
Survey level books, 1984–93 D5262
Maps, calculations and research papers, 1987–92 D5274
SELECTED SERIES RELATING TO SURVEY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA – RAILWAYS
Sydney
Recorded by: Chief Property Officer, South Australia
Railway (centre of) line survey drawings, 1920–66 AP479/2
Project files, Alice Springs–Tarcoola Railway, 1970–80 D5273
Survey level books, Alice Springs–Tarcoola Railway, 1970–80 D2545
Miscellaneous plans and maps, Tarcoola–Alice Springs Railway, 1971–75 D4473
Aerial photographs, Tarcoola–Alice Springs Railway, 1972 D5271
Sydney
Recorded by: Department of Services and Property, South Australian Branch
Australian National Railways contract drawings, Tarcoola–Alice Springs Railway, 1973–78 D4470
SELECTED SERIES RELATING TO SURVEY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA – WOOMERA
Sydney
Recorded by: Chief Property Officer, South Australia
Survey plans Woomera, 1942–97 D5281
Register of survey plans, Woomera, 1949–77 D5277
Aerial survey photographs, Woomera, 1950–72 D1947
Survey field books, Woomera, 1950–83 D1960
Survey level books, Woomera, 1950–83 D1957
Survey sketch books, Woomera, 1950–83 D1959
Survey stadia books, Woomera, 1950–83 D1958
Woomera survey folders, 1950–72 D1946
Woomera survey job files, 1950–77 D1955

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Construction, property and survey