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English: The English portion of the inscription reads: "This is the site of the Maclear Beacon positioned in 1838 near the original North Terminal of the Arc of Meridian positioned by Abbe de la Caille, the first surveyor to introduce Geodetic Surveying into South Africa."
Afrikaans: The Afrikaans portion of the memorial reads: "Hier is die terrein van Sir Thomas Maclear se Noordelike terminaal van 'n lengtegraadboog opmeting om die ware vorm van die aarde te bepaal. Die terrein was in 1838 besoek om soortgelyke opmetings wat in 1752 deur Abbe de la Caille in die omgewing gedoen was te bevestig. Hierdie was die eerste geodetiese opmetings wat in Suid Africa gedoen is.". This conveys slightly different information to the English portion. A liberal translation into English would be: "Here is the site of Sir Thomas Maclear's northern terminal of an arc [of] longitude surveying the true shape of the Earth. The site was visited in 1838 to [confirm] similar surveys [in the area] in 1752 by Abbe de la Caille. This was the first geodetic survey [done] in South Africa." The location of the memorial is shown in another image File:Location of memorial to Abbe de la Caille at Aurora.JPG
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Camera location32° 41′ 53.31″ S, 18° 28′ 43.58″ E Kartographer map based on OpenStreetMap.View this and other nearby images on: OpenStreetMap - Google Earthinfo


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