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Anthony Bomford interviewed by John Farquharson [sound recording]
Bib ID 1560567
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Bomford, A. G. (Anthony Gerald), 1927-2003, Interviewee
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2002 Feb 
6 digital audio tapes (ca. 355 min.) 

Tony Bomford, retired engineer and former director of National Mapping in Australia (1977-1982), speaks about his career as a mapmaker and surveyor in Britain, Africa, the island of South Georgia and Australia; his English family background; his early years in India, his father, a Brigadier of the Royal Engineers, Director of the Survey of India who went on be Head of Survey for General Slim's 14th Army in Burma; enlisting in the British Army (Aug.1944); being commissioned in the Royal Engineers (Aug.1946); being posted to Germany with the regiment's 1st Field Squadron; attending Survey School (1947), after having been accepted into the Military Survey Corps of the Royal Engineers.

Bomford speaks about his further studies at Pembroke College, Cambridge University (1947-1950); marriage to an Australian girl from Adelaide, S. Aust.; 2 year secondment to Overseas Survey in Tanganyika; first visit to Australia (1954); coming to Australia on 2 years exchange with Australian Army Survey Corps, doing fieldwork in Nth Queensland and the Kimberelys,W.A. (late 1950s); resigning his commission in British Army (July 1961) and joining National Mapping in Australia as senior surveyor; his work as assistant director and director (1977-1982); retirement activities.


Recorded on Feb. 19, 2002, Feb. 20, 2002 and Feb. 22, 2002 at Canberra, A.C.T.

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Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (3 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 145 leaves) 
Subjects Bomford, A. G. (Anthony Gerald), 1927-2003 -- Interviews.  |  National Mapping Council of Australia.  |  Australia. Army. Royal Australian Survey Corps.  |  Great Britain. Corps of Royal Engineers Military Survey Corps.  |  Military topography.  |  Cartography.  |  Surveying.  |  Surveyors -- Australian Capital Territory -- Canberra -- Interviews.  |  Civil engineers -- Australian Capital Territory -- Canberra -- Interviews.
Occupation Surveyors.  |  Civil engineers.
Other authors/contributors Farquharson, John M., 1929-2016, Interviewer

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