Surveyor General of New South Wales
The original duties for the Surveyor General was to measure and determine land grants for settlers in New South Wales.
The Surveyor General is the leader and regulator of the land and mining surveying profession and plays a key advocacy role in the spatial industry in NSW
- Responsibilities under the Surveying & Spatial Information Act & its Regulation
- Surveyor General's Directions
- President of the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information (BOSSI)
- Chair of the Geographical Names Board (GNB)
- NSW representative on the Intergovernmental Committee for Surveying & Mapping (ICSM)
- Electoral Boundaries Commissioner (State & Federal)
- Sets the quality, education and competency standards for registered land and mining surveyors
- Responsible for protecting the public and the integrity of the state cadastre by suspension or removal of registered surveyors in relation to misconduct or incompetence
- Responsible for the DFSI Spatial Services Survey Operations team (Geodesy, State control survey, CORSnet-NSW, SCIMS)
List of Surveyors General of New South Wales
|Surveyor General||Period in office||Comments||Notes|
|Augustus Alt||1787– 1803||Alt's job was mainly undertaken by then Deputy, Charles Grimes|||
|Charles Grimes||1803 – 1811||George William Evans acted August 1803 – February 1805|
|John Oxley||1812 – 1828|
|Sir Thomas Mitchell||1828 - 1855||Samuel Augustus Perry, deputy from 1829.|||
|George Barney||1855 – 1859|
|Alexander McLean||1861 – 1862||Acting Surveyor General 1859-1861|
|Walker Davidson||1864 – 1868||Acting Surveyor General 1861-1863|
|Philip Adams||1868 - 1887||Assisted the NSW Government Astronomer in observing a transit of Venus|
|Edward Twynam||1890 – 1901||Acting Surveyor General 1888-1890|
|Position abolished||1890 – 1911||Office of Surveyor-General abolished in 1890, replaced by Chief Surveyor and Superintendent of Trigonometrical Survey.|
|Joseph Allworth||1901 – 1904|
|Edward MacFarlane||1904 – 1908|
|Robert McDonald||1908 – 1911|
|Frederick Poate||1911 – 1916||Surveyor-General title revived 1911|
|John Broughton||1916 – 1922|
|Alfred Chesterman||1922 – 1925|
|Henry Hall||1925 – 1926|
|Hamilton Mathews||1926 – 1937|
|Arthur Allen||1937 – 1945|
|Harold Barrie||1945 – 1946|
|Daniel Mulley||1946 – 1953|
|George Vincent||1953 – 1960|
|Charles Elphinstone||1960 – 1963|
|Henry Barr||1963 – 1965|
|Leo Fletcher||1965 – 1978|
|Jack Darby||1979 – 1985|
|Don Grant AM RFD||1986 – 2000||Appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 1994 in recognition of service to surveying.|||
|Warwick Watkins||2000 – 2011||Watkins was sacked from his position in the NSW Public Service, including being removed from the position of Surveyor-General after the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) found in December 2011 that Watkins acted corruptly. As such he was only the second Australian Surveyor-General to be sacked since Charles Grimes. Following ICAC's findings, Watkins faced criminal charges in the NSW Local Court where it was reported he could have received 10 years imprisonment. Two of the charges were dismissed by the Court and Watkins was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond. On 23 October 2014, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors expelled Watkins from the Institution and automatically lost his Fellowship.
The Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, 29 February 2016, issued notice that the Governor-General terminated Watkins appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia.
|Des Mooney||2011 – 30 June 2016||Also held the title of President, Board of Surveying and Spatial Information|||
|Narelle Underwood||4 October 2016-present|
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