SURVEYING INSTRUMENT COLLECTION
designed by: Fred Pall (Nov 2000) Revised by: Jean M.
Rüeger (Nov 2005, Nov 2010, Jan 2013, Apr 2014, June 2015)
- Over the years, the
School of Surveying and Geospatial Engineering (formerly Schools of Surveying,
Geomatic Engineering and Surveying and Spatial Information Systems) of the
of New South Wales has obtained a number of valuable instruments, both
from donations and from in-house stock. In 1997, these instruments were catalogued
and researched for the first time by Thomas Ko. In 2000, Fred Pall improved
the description of the instruments and prepared the complete
collection for publication on the World Wide Web.
- Please note that, unfortunately and regrettably, the UNSW
Surveying Instrument Collection is not accessible to the general public,
since the University of New South Wales does not allocate funds to provide
both a secure area and staff supervision. Thanks to this website, a virtual
visit of the collection is now possible.
- From time to time, instruments are loaned to other museums for public display.
In September 2012, the theodolite (Watts & Son, Catalogue
No. 0205) used to set out the Sydney Harbour Bridge is on loan to the
Sydney Harbour Bridge Museum (located at the entrance to BridgeClimb, Cumberland
Street, The Rocks, Sydney).
image below for a full description.
- AGA Geodimeter Model NASM-2A
- The first commercially available electro-optical distance
- Our Collection:
- These valuable instruments were produced in the 19th and 20th
centuries. Most of them were designed and manufactured in Europe. In
September 2012, there were 164 items in the collection.
They are grouped into four categories: Scientific and Mathematical Instruments,
Theodolites, Levelling Instruments and EDM (Electronic Distance
Measurement) Instruments. The majority of these instruments are in very
The collection includes several valuable instruments such as the Geodetic
Micrometer Theodolite used for the setting-out of the Sydney Harbour
Bridge, the first optical theodolite (Zeiss Th1, the forerunner to the original Wild T2
Theodolite), the first commercial electro-optical distance meter (AGA Model
NASM-2A Geodimeter) and a number of instruments donated by the Snowy Mountains
Hydro-Electric Authority (S.M.H.E.A.) such as the Wild T4 High Precision
- Click on image below for a full description
of the instrument shown.
- Watts Geodetic Micrometer Theodolite
- Theodolite used to set out Sydney Harbour Bridge in
virtual museum of the 'UNSW Surveying Instrument Collection' was designed and
created in 2000 by Frederick Pall whilst a final year student at the (then)
School of Geomatic Engineering of UNSW.
this website was based on the catalogue and picture collection prepared by Thomas
Ko in 1997, archive photographs of the School of Surveying and Geospatial Engineering
and additional investigations by Frederick Pall in 2000. Since both students
had limited time and resources for the investigation of individual instruments,
no claim is made that all information given is correct or complete.
and additional information on specific instruments from visitors to the site
are welcome, as are internet addresses of other virtual museums on surveying
by School of Surveying and Geospatial Engineering of UNSW (previously known
as School of Surveying Spatial Information Systems, School of Geomatic Engineering
and School of Surveying), Thomas Ko (as edited by F. Pall), Frederick Pall and
J. M. Rüeger. Student supervisor, editor of the website, and curator of
the UNSW Surveying Instrument Collection is Dr. J. M. RŁeger.
webpage was last updated on 30 June 2015 by Dr. J. M. Rüeger.
Comments on the contents of this virtual museum
of the UNSW Surveying Instrument Collection are welcome.
and Geospatial Engineering
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