Eleven Map Group members and 7 guests paid a visit to the Lands, Mapping and Surveying Museum in upper Edward Street in the City. The Museum was originally set up in 1982 to preserve the mapping and surveying history of Queensland. The Queensland Museum is the custodian for the collection with the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy providing the staff and the day to day management of the Museum. The Museum collects and conserves all artefacts dealing with land subdivision and management, surveying instruments, reference marks and topographic and cadastral mapping artefacts. As the Museum has only recently moved to its present location, the refurbishment, displays and interpretation signage are of a very high standard.
Kaye Nardella, the Senior Curator of the Museum gave a lively presentation and brought the artefacts to life with interesting antidotes and sometimes humorous snippets about the instruments on display. It was obvious that Kaye has a passion for her work. To have a guided tour of a museum is definitely the best way to learn our history. As expected we were going to see the equipment behind the surveyor, cartographer and land commissioner. We were surprised to see dense lantana marked on a plan of Nudgee in 1897, surveyors collected spider web in the field if they had to repair the cross-hairs in their telescopes and land ballot marbles are turned so they are not a perfect sphere. If you get a chance to have a guided tour of the Lands, Mapping and Surveying Museum, it is an entertaining and interesting way to spend a few hours.