Story: Early mapping

Trig station for the ‘Great Survey’

Trig station for the ‘Great Survey’

One of the first things Captain John Stokes and the crew of the Acheron did after arriving in Auckland in 1848 was to fix the first trigonometrical station as the starting point for the hydrographic survey of New Zealand. It was set up in Devonport, on what is now the Windsor Reserve, on the waterfront. The plaque gives the latitude as 36°50′5″ south and the longitude as 174°47′45″ east.

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Melanie Lovell-Smith, 'Early mapping - The coastline: 1840 to 1855', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Melanie Lovell-Smith, published 24 Sep 2007