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Corporate entry Victorian Institute of Surveyors (VIS) (1874 - 1952)

7 April 1874
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
October 1952
Association and Society or Membership Organisation
Melbourne, Victoria


The Victorian Institute of Surveyors (VIS) was formed in 1874, for professional surveyors, the first in Australia. From 1952 it became part of a national body, the Institution of Surveyors Australia, although its state based activities remained autonomous. It was known then as the Victorian Division, Institution of Surveyors, Australia. From 2008, it changed its name to become the Institution of Surveyors Victoria (ISV).


Many talks presented to the Victorian Institute of Surveyors were published as individual papers, and later re-published in 4 volumes of Transactions and Proceedings, covering the period from 1874-1919.

From January 1928, a combined national publication, "The Australian Surveyor" was produced, and this contains details of the activities of the VIS.

Although it was proposed in 1876, by Western Australia, that VIS change its scope and become the Australian Institute of Civil Engineers and Surveyors, it was not until October 1952 that a national body, the Institution of Surveyors, Australia was formed, and the State institutes became foundation societies, and elected a national council. The state divisions remained autonomous, the entity then becoming the Victorian Division, Institution of Surveyors, Australia.

The a separate Victorian publication, "Traverse" was published from March 1964 and this continues in 2018.

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