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Biographical entry Furber, Thomas Frederick (1855 - 1924)

13 May 1855
London, England
7 October 1924
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Thomas Furber was a tireless worker, often holding several posts at the one time. He was a member of the survey branch of the New South Wales (NSW) Department of lands for over thirty years (1869-1914). He began working there as a draftsman and worked his way up to Metropolitan District Surveyor and Director of trigonometric surveys. Furber was also employed as actuary to the Public Service Board from 1903 to 1914. He was heavily involved in many professional bodies and societies including the NSW institution of Surveyors and the NSW Board of Examiners of Licensed Surveyors. Thomas Furber helped improve the education standards of surveying and the standardization of certificates and courses throughout all Australian states and New Zealand. Furber was widely published and highly respected within his profession.



1869 - 1875
Career position - Supernumerary Draftsman in the Survey Branch of the Department of Lands in New South Wales (NSW)
Career position - Qualified as a licensed surveyor
1877 - 1889
Career position - Draftsman and Computer of the triangulation staff at the Survey Branch of the NSW Department of Lands
Career position - Draftsman-in-charge of the General Survey of the Colony
1881 -
Career position - Member of the Board of Examiners of Licensed Surveyors
Career position - Secretary of the Board of Examiners of Licensed Surveyors
1890 - 1904
Career position - Chief Computer at the NSW Department of Lands
Career position - Founding member of the NSW Institution of Surveyors
Career position - Secretary to the royal commission on sites for the seat of Government of the Commonwealth
1903 - 1914
Career position - Actuary at the Public Service Board
1904 - 1914
Career position - Director of Trigonometric Surveys and Metropolitan District Surveyor with the NSW Department of Lands
1906 - 1924
Career position - Lecturer in Geodosy and Astronomy at the University of Sydney

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McCarthy, G.J.