After the surveying system was centralised, a national qualification was set up for surveyors. Here, Archibald Bogle establishes a baseline as part of his practical examination, having completed his time as a field cadet.
In Archibald Hugh Bogle: a short biography, Don McKay describes Bogle as 'the foremost New Zealand surveyor of his time'. Becoming a clerical cadet in the Wellington office of the Lands and Survey Department in 1900, he qualified as a surveyor in 1905. After a few years working in a private practice in Wellington, he established a practice in partnership in Whanganui. He served in an engineering role in both world wars. Following the Second World War he established his own practice in Wellington. He retired in 1968, aged 84, and died in 1972.
Bogle served on various bodies, including the Survey Board, the Town Planning Board, the Geographic Board and the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors, of which he was twice president (1931–33 and 1955–57). He edited New Zealand Surveyor from 1939 until 1968.
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