Surveying Instrument Collection
4th Year Thesis 1997
Prepared by    Thomas Ko
Supervised by   Assoc. Prof. J. M. Rčeger

Over the years, the School of Geomatic Engineering has obtained a number of valuable historic surveying instruments, both from donations and from in-house stock.  These instruments have never been properly catalogued.  In connection with the Australian University Museum On-Line Project (AUMOL), the cataloguing of the School's Cinderella collection has become a final year student project.  This project provides a database of the instruments in the Surveying Instrument Collection of the School of Geomatic Engineering of the University of New South Wales.

Our Collection
The School of Geomatic Engineering at UNSW has a variety of historical instruments.  These valuable instruments were made in the 19th and 20th century.  Most of them were designed and made in European countries.  Presently there are 83 items in the collection.  These are grouped into four categories: Scientific and mathematical instruments, Theodolites, Levelling instruments and EDM instruments.  The majority of these instruments are in very good condition.  The collection includes nautical sextants, chronographs, vernier theodolites, astronomical theodolites, dumpy levels and the first commercially available Geodimeter (Model NASM2).  The School also hosts the theodolite used for the setting out of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  Unfortunately and regrettably the Surveying Instrument Collection is not accessible to the general public.  The University of New South Wales has no funds to provide a secure area for a display. 

Watts Geodetic Micrometer Theodolite,
used to set out Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1931-1932.

AGA Geodimeter Model NASM-2A,
the first commercially available Geodimeter (1959)

The technical support provided by the curator (Scientific Instruments) of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney, Mr. Julian Holland and by the AUMOL project manager, Dr. Richard Llewellyn, was greatly appreciated.  Their technical support and advise was very important.

For more information please contact the School of Geomatic Engineering, University of New South Wales or Email to
Thomas Ko< or
Assoc. Prof. J. M. Rčeger <