Story: Modern mapping and surveying

Meridional circuits

This map shows the 28 meridional circuits established by John Turnbull Thomson in the late 1870s. Each circuit was a block of land with a primary station, whose location was carefully established by astronomical observations. The station formed the basis of the triangulation networks which followed.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1879, H-19 (B-K 969-H19/4-5)

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Melanie Lovell-Smith, 'Modern mapping and surveying - Government surveying and mapping, 1870–1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/18892/meridional-circuits (accessed 4 June 2020)

Story by Melanie Lovell-Smith, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 17 Aug 2018