Managing a Million Square Miles

With a history spanning 187 years, the authority now called Landgate, has seen momentous changes. From the days of survey expeditions in trying conditions, to world-leading innovations in online mapping and the delivery of land information, Ron Hutchinson has given us a fascinating and insightful history of Western Australia’s first government department.

Subject to instructions from a distant, dictatorial and disengaged colonial power; the colony’s first surveyor general, John Septimus Roe set up a system of land administration that is still recognisable today. The work of his successors Fraser, Weld, Forrest all the way through to Searle and Bradford has shaped the way we understand one of the largest jurisdictions in the world.

This work is not just of interest to those in the spatial science and land tenure industries, but to anyone who relishes tales of the pioneering spirit and the building of a modern society. It provides an integral and informative addition to our shared understanding of Western Australia.

Copies of the book can be purchased for RRP $50 (plus postage) from Hesperian Press, visiting the Midland or Perth office or by calling Customer Service on +61 (0)8 9273 7373.

Photos from the book launch event on Tuesday 25 October 2016 can be viewed below.

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