Surveyor General of New South Wales

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The Surveyor-General of New South Wales is the primary government authority responsible for land and mining surveying in 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[edit]

Surveyor General Period in office Comments Notes
Augustus Alt 1787– 1803 Alt's job was mainly undertaken by then Deputy, Charles Grimes [1]
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. [2]
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. [3][4]
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.

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Des Mooney 2011 – 30 June 2016 Also held the title of President, Board of Surveying and Spatial Information [11]
Narelle Underwood 4 October 2016 (2016-10-04)-present

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dowd, Bernard T. (1966). "Augustus Theodore Henry Alt". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Samuel Augustus Perry". Design & Art Online Australia. Dictionary of Australian Artists Online. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Search Australian Honours: GRANT, Donald Morrison". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 10 June 1994. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Award of honorary degree of Doctor of Surveying: Dr Donald Morrison Grant" (PDF). Citation. University of Melbourne. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Land and Property Management Authority – alleged corrupt conduct concerning matters arising from Currawong property purchase (Operation Napier)". Current investigations. NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption. 
  6. ^ Nicholls, Sean (29 May 2013). "Watkins faces possible 10 years jail over $12m property deal". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Charges dismissed against Warwick Watkins over NSW Labor land deal". The Australian. AAP. 19 December 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Mr Warwick Watkins FRICS". Regulation: Disciplinary procedure: Panel hearings: Disciplinary panel hearings. United Kingdom: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  9. ^ http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/03/09/bureaucrat-volunteer-lose-honours.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/law-order/former-victorian-multicultural-affairs-commissioner-joseph-wakim-hands-back-order-of-australia-honour/news-story/b70c1408d9beeb781a5790b6bcf4b167.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "Annual Report 2014" (PDF). Board of Surveying and Spatial Information. Government of New South Wales. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 

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