The background and historical information available through this website is a sample of some of the information available to the surveying profession, provided for the benefit of cadastral surveying in Tasmania and the maintenance of the cadastre for current and future generations.
Many reports, books, articles, guidelines, enquiries and memoranda have been written over the years that are useful in understanding the history, purpose and manner in which land ownership and the definition of property boundaries have developed in Australia in general, and Tasmania in particular.
Some information (such as circular memoranda) is provided directly to surveyors by the Land Titles Office and the Office of the Surveyor General. However, much more information remained with authors and recipients at the time of publication and until recently hasn't been readily available to later generations.
Ongoing projects for the digitisation of journal, archive and parliamentary records are constantly adding to the information that is readily available and key papers and links are added to this page and Cadastral Standards Historical Information as and when they are identified.
Tasmania specific information:
Legal Precedents in Cadastral Boundary Reinstatement
Highways in Tasmania
Legislative impacts on plans of surveys 2011
Early land dealings in Tasmania from settlement to 1827
Void grants and located land
Using RTK GNSS in Cadastral Surveys (Tasmania)
OSG Circular 2016-3 Coordination of Surveys of Land - Update (64Kb)
Property boundary survey plans held by Land Tasmania (104Kb)
Survey Principles and Case Law Rulings - Chapter 4 in South Australian Cadastral Survey Guidelines
Boundaries and the Common Law
Paper by Glenn Campbell delivered at Graduate Surveyors Weekend Seminar 2013, 4-6 Oct 2013, University of Southern Queensland
Draw conclusions on the wall : Defence of the Monumented Cadastre
Article by Mick Strack (2017) in Australian Property Law Journal. 26. 1.
The Judicial Functions of Surveyors
Essay by Thomas Cooley (Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Michigan,
1864–1885) at Wiley Online