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Correspondence on triangulation and geodesy, 1896 - 1900

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/118

Scope and Contents

Correspondence regarding Arc of Meridian work, triangulation and geodesy, divided into the following sections:

'Correspondence with Surveyor-General's Department Cape Town': letters relating to D. Gill's annual reports and the geodetic survey, 1898-1900.

'Completion of African Arc of Meridian': letters of 1898-1899, including D. Gill's application to the Royal Geographical Society for assistance in completing a geodetic survey of South Africa from South to North along the 30th Meridian.

'Proposed Survey of Lake Tanganyika': letters of 1898-1899, including a letter from G.H. Darwin to D. Gill regarding their cooperation on the survey.

'Bailey's Survey', 1896-1899.

'Triangulation of Egypt, 1896-1897.

'Requests for known Latitudes and Longitudes', 1897-1900.

'West African Longitudes', 1898-1899.

'Geodetic Survey of South Africa. Requests for copies of Dr Gill's Report', 1896-1900, including a copy of the report and reactions to it.

'Miscellaneous', 1887-1900, including copies of T. Maclear's requests to the Admiralty for financial assistance in carrying out Lacaille's Arc of Meridian, 1861; material on the erection of beacons on the south-west coast; requests for information from individuals; and survey work details.


  • Creation: 1896 - 1900


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1 volume(s) (1 volume)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Some of the contents of the volume are in a delicate condition and should be handled with care.

Former / Other Reference


Finding aid date

2006-08-07 11:32:34+00:00

Includes index.

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