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Gold surveying camp near Trunkey, New South Wales, 1872-1874 | by State Library of New South Wales collection
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Gold surveying camp near Trunkey, New South Wales, 1872-1874

With discovery of new goldfields around Bathurst, New South Wales (1865-1880) the District and Mining Surveyor 's role took on new significance. They not only had to survey the pastoral runs but also had to survey the new mining areas and this meant appeasing the often-conflicting interests of the miners and pastoralists. By 1869 this job had fallen to the son of a well-respected local doctor Richard Machattie of Bathurst.


Henry Beaufoy Merlin or Charles Bayliss presumably took this photograph of a surveying party around this time and it is possible that MacHattie is one of men next to the theodolite. MacHattie first became a surveyor in 1866 but clearly was having problems managing his affairs as by 1870 he had been through the insolvency court and in 1877 was dismissed from his district for '… non-attendance to instructions’. Machattie later moved to Brewarrina where he found more success as a pastoralist. He died in 1902.


Gold surveying camp, [attrib.] near Trunkey, 10 in. x 12 in. glass photonegative, American & Australasian Photographic Company, 1872-1874, Presented by Mr Holtermann in 1952, State Library of New South Wales, ON 4 Box 51 No 113



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