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Furber, Thomas Frederick (1855 - 1924)

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Born: 13 May 1855  London, England.  Died: 7 October 1924  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Thomas Frederick Furber was a tireless worker, often holding several posts at the one time. He was a member of the survey branch of the New South Wales (NSW) Department of lands for over thirty years (1869-1914). He began working there as a draftsman and worked his way up to Metropolitan District Surveyor and Director of trigonometric surveys. Furber was also employed as actuary to the Public Service Board from 1903 to 1914. He was heavily involved in many professional bodies and societies including the NSW institution of Surveyors and the NSW Board of Examiners of Licensed Surveyors. Thomas Furber helped improve the education standards of surveying and the standardization of certificates and courses throughout all Australian states and New Zealand. Furber was widely published and highly respected within his profession.

Career Highlights

1869 - 1875Supernumerary Draftsman in the Survey Branch of the Department of Lands in New South Wales (NSW)
1875Qualified as a licenced surveyor
1877 - 1889Draftsman and Computer of the triangulation staff at the Survey Branch of the NSW Department of Lands
1880Draftsman-in-charge of the General Survey of the Colony
1881 - Member of the Board of Examiners of Licensed Surveyors
1890Secretary of the Board of Examiners of Licensed Surveyors
1890 - 1904Chief Computer at the NSW Department of Lands
1891Founding member of the NSW Institution of Surveyors
1903Secretary to the royal commission on sites for the seat of Government of the Commonwealth
1903 - 1914Actuary at the Public Service Board
1904 - 1914Director of Trigonometric Surveys and Metropolitan District Surveyor with the NSW Department of Lands
1906 - 1924Lecturer in Geodosy and Astronomy at the University of Sydney

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Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: McCarthy, G.J.
Created: 20 October 1993
Modified: 29 January 2007

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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