Taking a Trip Down Memory Lane

WSP recently donated several surveying and drafting relics to the artefact gallery of the Museum of Lands, Mapping and Surveying in Brisbane’s CBD, with some items date back to the 1900s.

Over the years, our legacy Opus business, acquired a range of compass levels and tripods, theodolites, android barometer, chainage stamps, autoset level, telescopic compass, beam compass and a digital planimeter.


Adam Read, WSP’s Director of Structures and champion for this initiative commented, “When we were preparing for our recent office co-location in Brisbane, we discovered a range of ancient surveying and drafting equipment. After reaching out to the museum about donating these pieces, we were surprised to learn of their significance.


“The pieces ranged from the early 1900s through to the 1970s; one of the oldest relics was the W.H. Harling compass level and tripod, which was used in the early 1900s to plot directions and measure heights. Another fascinating piece, the Short and Mason surveyors’ android barometer, was used in the 1920 to 1930s for barometric levelling of trial rail and road surveying.”




The Museum of Lands, Mapping and Surveying was founded in 1982, and has established one of the most comprehensive collections in the world of many important maps, survey plans and artefacts.


Mr Read adds, “Our donation of these pieces has been a really rewarding experience; knowing that these surveying and drafting artefacts will help demonstrate the crucial role that land exploration and surveying has played in the development of Queensland.”




For items that were not donated to the museum, a silent auction was held for WSP staff and the money raised was donated to local charity SANDS Queensland, an organisation which provides support and advocacy in support of families with the loss of pregnancy.


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