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Creator : Frome, Edward Charles, 1802-1890
Source : Colonial surveying, p. 17
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : John Weale
Date of creation : 1850
Format : Book
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Frome concludes his work on Colonial surveying with details of the objects for exploration beyond the settled districts; broadly these are the expansion of geographical knowledge and the discovery of resources of benefit to the colony. He also lists the various modes of transport that should be utilised, including camels in desert regions. The explorer must be able to trust his own judgment and have practical skills in determining his position. The explorer must also create at least a rough sketch of the country he traverses, noting particularly hills, ranges and rivers.

Captain Edward Charles Frome, Royal Engineers, arrived in South Australia in September 1839 to take up the task of surveying South Australia. The country blocks were his immediate priority. This was a task that the first Surveyor-General, William Light had been unable to complete because of interference from London. Frome had an onerous task as the colonists clamoured for their land. He had not only to revise the work that had been inadequately marked by George Kingston, Light's second-in-command, but also to commence the Special Surveys of very large country sections. By 1841 Frome had laid out roads and secondary towns and taken accurate trigonometrical survey to the limits of settlement. Frome returned to England in 1849 and retired in 1877 with the rank of General.

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Frome, Edward Charles, 1802-1890

Coverage year : 1850
Place : South Australia
Further reading :
Frome, Edward Charles, Colonial surveying Adelaide: Public Library of South Australia, 1962
South Australia. Survey Dept Field service: handbook for government surveyors compiled by C. H. Harris
Adelaide: Govt. Printer, 1914
Anderson, J. M. Introduction to surveying New York: McGraw-Hill, c1985
McLaren, Glen Beyond Leichhardt: bushcraft and the exploration of Australia South Fremantle, W.A.: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1996
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