Robert Hoddle - Pioneer Surveyor 1794-1881- second hand
Author: Berres Hoddle Colville
First published: 2004
Format: Softcover 324 pages
This is the first biography of the man who became the first Surveyor General of Victoria. Born and trained in London, Robert Hoddle arrived in Australia in 1823. He was thus one of the very earliest surveyors to explore, measure and map large areas of this vast, varied and difficult countryside, in a burgeoning era of pastoral settlement. He worked first with Surveyor General John Oxley, then under Oxley’s successor Sir Thomas Mitchell. Hoddle’s topographical surveying in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales made a substantial contribution to Mitchell’s great Map of 1834.
Usually considered a Melbourne man, Hoddle in this book is shown to be a figure of national significance. From his work at Moreton Bay (Brisbane), the Blue Mountains, inland on the great Liverpool Plains and the Limestone Plains (Canberra), from Sydney and the Hawkesbury to the Shoalhaven River and the Southern Highlands, Robert Hoddle gained the experience which in 1837 saw him appointed Surveyor in Charge of the Port Phillip District.