Surveying is concerned with the measurement, analysis and display of spatial information describing the land, its physical features and the built environment. Surveyors define boundaries when land is subdivided, bought or sold, and survey information is used by cartographers to create maps of all kinds.
When the original surveys of Queensland were completed there were two identical plans drawn. The “original” was annotated as necessary if further surveys were made, and the “duplicate” was kept in its original condition.
This series is of duplicate plans. There may be copies of various kinds, but the majority are the plans produced at the time of survey. There are surveys of selections, roads, reserves, towns and portions for sale. Information may include portion, selection or Crown grant number; parish; county; district or land agent district; name of lessee or owner; area; type of land e.g. open plain black soil; scale; date of instruction, date of transmission to Surveyor General. This is not a complete series.
The description of each item includes as many as possible of names of lessees or owner; portion, selection or Crown grant number; parish; and type of survey e.g. road deviation. Sometimes surveys deal with land being administered by the trustees of deceased lessees, in these cases the names of the trustees are not given. There are a number of negative copies of plans, these are often later plans relating to subdivision or plan copied much later than the original was made.
In many cases it will be possible to locate further information in land tenure files. It may also be possible to locate the survey plan from information e.g. search by selection number.