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Biographical entry Ligar, Charles Whybrow (1811 - 1881)

Born
1811
Ceylon
Died
February 1881
Texas, United States of America
Occupation
Surveyor and Soldier

Summary

Charles Ligar was a surveyor who, after working for the Ordnance Survey of Ireland, was Surveyor General in New Zealand from 1842 to 1856. He moved to Victoria in 1858 and was appointed Surveyor General. Among his achievements in this role was the establishment of the geodetic survey which provided an accurate framework for expeditious local surveys. He was unsuccessful in his undertaking to reduce costs in his department and was removed from office in 1869 at a time when economic stringencies resulted in many civil servants losing their jobs. Ligar joined the Philosophical Institute of Victoria (later the Royal Society of Victoria), serving two terms as Vice-President. He was a member of the Institute's Exploration Committee which was charged with organising what became the Victorian Exploring Expedition.

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1842 - 1856
Career position - Surveyor General, New Zealand
1857 - 1859
Career position - Member, Exploration Committee of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria
1858
Life event - Moved to Victoria
1858 - 1869
Career position - Surveyor General, Victorian Department of Crown Lands and Survey
1859
Career position - Member, Philosophical Institute of Victoria
1859 - 1860
Career position - Member, Board of Science, Colony of Victoria
1859 - 1869
Career position - Member, Royal Society of Victoria
1860 - 1866
Career position - Member, Exploration Committee of the Royal Society of Victoria
1861
Career position - Vice-President, Royal Society of Victoria
1865 - 1867
Career position - Vice-President, Royal Society of Victoria
1869
Life event - Left Victoria

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Journal Articles

  • Ligar, Charles W., 'Grass Tree', Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 7 (1866), 145-7. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn