Story: Modern mapping and surveying

State of New Zealand surveys, 1890

Maps like this were published as part of the Department of Lands and Survey annual reports from 1878 to 1916. By 1890 most of the land had been covered by at least a minor triangulation survey; only a few places, mostly on top of mountain ranges and in south-west Fiordland, had yet to be surveyed at all. Block and section surveys were gradually extending over the country, from the populated areas outwards.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1890, C-5 (B-K 869-C5/44-45)

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How to cite this page:

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/18897/state-of-new-zealand-surveys-1890 (accessed 8 April 2020)

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