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1841

Survey Office Melbourne 1 January 1841

No 41/4.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to transmit herewith a Return of Equipment, Cattle and Convicts in my charge together with my own field equipment and that of Mr Nutt’s accompanied by a requisition for articles required.

I have the honor to be +c.

Signed, T. S. Townsend

Asst Surveyor in Charge

[ To: ] The Surveyor General

+c. +c. +c.


No 41/2.

Survey Office Melbourne 1 January 1841.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to transmit herewith a copy of a requisition for eight men, forwarded in my letter dated 18th August last and to enclose another for four more making a total number of twelve The reason so many men are required is that since the date of my letter four have received Tickets of Leave and four others attached to my party are recommended for that indulgence and there are a few under recommendation in the Contractors’ parties. besides which Mr G. D. Smythe has never received any men from the Dept. his party having been supplied from the Public Works and His Honor

the

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the Superintendent is very anxious to have them returned to it and informs me that he cannot allow any more men to be taken from the works therefore unless these requisitions are complied with the business of the Department must be at a stand still

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, T. S. Townsend

Asst Sur. in Charge

[ To: ] The Surveyor General

+c. +c. +c.


________________________________________

Survey Office Melbourne

23rd January 1841.

No 41/3.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to inform you that Mr Crawford Mollison has arrived here and states that he has entered into a Contract with the Government for the Survey of Crown Lands . As no instructions from you relative to his employment have been received at this office I have applied to His Honor the Superintendent who informs me that he is not aware from any official information that Mr. Mollison has received a Contract. May I therefore request that you will at your earliest convenience, possible, inform me whether Mr. Mollison has received your sanction to be employed as Contractor.

I have the honor to be +c

signed T. S. Townsend

Asst Sur. in Charge

[ To: ] The Surveyor General

+c. +c. +c.

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Survey Office Melbourne

25th January 1841.

No 41/4

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose a letter received from Mr Assistant Surveyor Darke, Contractor, applying for five men to make up his party that number having been disposed of as set forth in his letter

I would beg to recommend that this request be complied with as early as possible as it is impossible to obtain a Surveyor's Man for less than £52 per annum.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed T. S. Townsend .

[ To: ] Surveyor General

________________________________________

Survey Office Melbourne

25 January 1841.

No 41/5.

Sir.

In accordance with the verbal Instructions received from His Honor the Superintendent desiring me to point out the field for your operations as a Contract Surveyor I have to request that you will complete the Survey of the Parish of Yuroke which is bounded on the South by the Parish of Bulla Bulla. East by the Merri Creek and North by a continuation of the North boundary of the Parish of Bulla Bulla.

You will shew all natural features Roads, Stations +c on your Map and on the Ground you will carefully mark the Section lines by notching the Trees in the usual manner in forest land by digging holes at every five chains and piling the earth up adjacent to them (but not so near as to allow the rain to wash it back

to

[ To: ] C. Mollison Esqr [ ? ]

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to the holes and thus fill them up./

The nearest tree to the corner of each section must be marked on four sides with the number of the section on it whose South West corner it forms and on all frontages to Rivers or Creeks you will mark the number on the corner at the River or Creek and in every instance note the distance and bearing of such tree from the exact corner at which point you will place a stake.

You will shew on your plan a Tabular Schedule shewing the number and area of each lot with a blank column to be afterwards filled up with the name of the purchaser, also a second schedule referring to and describing the marks that have been made on the Ground at the corner of each lot so as to shew the natural and artificial marks on the lines bounding each lot, this being such as local circumstances will admit and you will likewise attach to this schedule some account of the quality of each lot so that individuals on inspecting your maps may arrive at some knowledge of the land of the marks by which it has been distinguished on the ground.

You will also shew on your plan the length of each boundary line in red and a description of the quality of the soil in black. You will be careful to preserve to each portion a Road, or right of way, to the nearest River or main Road. In marking off

your

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your Sections you will take the East boundary of the Parish of Bulla Bulla as your base and I am fearful that the Section lines which bound the sections already measured and sold on the Merri Creek will not accord with those in Bulla Bulla but you will not allow them to sw[ ? ] you in any way.

So soon as you have completed this survey you will transmit to me a map, in duplicate of your work accompanied by descriptions of each allotment and one of the Whole Parish.

I have the honor to be &c.

, signed, T. S. Townsend in Charge ________________________________________ Survey Office Melbourne

27 January 1841.

No 41/6.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to transmit herewith plans and descriptions of Six Parishes in the County of Grant vizt.

Karngun

Birregurra

Irrewarra

Elliminyte

Nalangil

Warrini [ Warrion? ]

also a map of a Salt Lagoon and Marsh, North of the Parish of Irrewarra which have been surveyed by Mr H. W. H. Smythe in accordance with the terms of his contract.

Duplicates of the Maps are deposited in this office

I have the honor to be &c

, signed, T. S. Townsend

[ To: ] The Surveyor General.

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Survey Office Melbourne

27 January 1841.

No 41/7.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to transmit herewith a Map and descriptions of the Parish of Bulleen which has been surveyed by Mr. Nutt.

I have the honor to be +c

, signed, Thos. S. Townsend

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

________________________________________

Survey Office Melbourne

27 January 1841.

No 41/8.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose for your information, a Copy of the Instructions I have given to Mr Crawford Mollison in compliance with the directions of His Honor Mr Latrobe received since my letter No 41/3 dated 23rd. January 1841 applying to you for instructions upon this subject

I have the honor to +c

signed, T. S. Townsend

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

________________________________________

Survey Office Melbourne

27 January 1841.

No 41/9.

Sir.

With reference to your letter No 40/479 informing me of the shipment per. Jewess, of the undermentioned stores for the use of this Branch of your Department. vizt.

12. Bullock yokes.		3. Augurs
3. Men’s tents.			2 Claw Hammers

6. Dray ropes 			30 Suits of Slops
100 yards tent Cord		30 pairs Boots

2. Cart Saddles 			1 Box containing a Map
1 lb of Bristles 			6 Map Cases

[ To: ] Surveyor General

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12 Harness needles			24 Bow [ ? ] Keys.

I beg to acknowledge the receipt of them as per list in letter above referred to

I have the honor to be +c.

, signed, T. S. Townsend.


Survey Office Melbourne

1 February 1841.

No 41/10.

Sir.

In compliance with the verbal instructions received from your Honor I do myself the honor to inform you that I have made a Survey of the Falls at the head of the Basin on the Yarra Yarra River with sections of its bed and banks a plan of which I transmit herewith

The bed of the Rapid is formed of ferruginous Sand Stone whilst that of the deep water on both sides of it appears to be a Stiff Clay.

I have the honor to be +c

signed, T. J. Townsend

[ To: ] His Honor The Superintendent

________________________________________

Survey Office Melbourne

4 February 1841.

No 41/11

Sir.

In obedience to your Honour's directions I do myself the honor to point out the lands which appear to me most available to be exposed in Lots of about eighty acres each beyond those that are necessarily in the Market in consequence of having been already advertised

The lands alluded to are twelve portions in the Parish of Korkuperrimul varying from 84 to 252 acres. twelve portions in the Parish of Merrimu varying from

138

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138 to 270 acres each and ten portions in the Parish of Parwan varying from 159 acres to 349 acres. Several of these portions might be advantageously divided and still retain a frontage to Water. but there are others which could not be divided and have that advantage without being made from one mile to one and a half in length and only having a width of seven chains.

I would therefore beg to suggest that these lands should be divided into figures of about 80 acres each as nearly square as circumstances admit reserving a Road to water for those which have no frontage.

I have the honor to be +c

, signed, T. S. Townsend

[ To: ] His Honor The Superintendent

________________________________________

Survey Office Melbourne

9 February 1841.

No 41/12.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to transmit herewith the following abstracts and returns which I have made in compliance with Instructions received from His Honor the Superintendent vizt.

1st Comparative abstract shewing the prices of land sold by the Government and those obtained when resold by the Individuals purchasing.

2nd Comparative abstract shewing the prices of Town Allotments sold by the Government and

those

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those obtained when resold by the individuals purchasing. purchasing.

3rd. A. Return shewing the number of acres measured for sale.

4th. A Return showing the quantity of lineal measurements performed in the Port Phillip District where the lands have not yet been marked for sale.

5th. Abstract shewing the supposed value of the different kinds of Land in the Port Phillip District.

6th. A Return of all Lands for sale under Regulations of 21st. January 1841. copies of which I have handed to His Honor.

In explanation of the 1st. abstract shewing the comparative values of the lands as Sold by Government and afterwards resold by Individuals I beg to observe that with regard to the three Columns under the head of private Resales I came to those conclusions after having examined and made notes from the books of the principal auctioneers in the Town and from the information of some few private Individuals. The prices under the head of average highest prices will appear exorbitant but they have been for choice building sites or some other portions having great local advantages. The amount of the columns under the head of the average price per acre were arrived at by taking the mean of the whole of the lands resold which were purchased from the Government on the date shewn opposite to each in the first column of the abstract. It is the result of enquiring into about one hundred and twenty sales.

2nd. Abstract. A similar method in obtaining the amounts in the second abstract was

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was adopted as in the first after searching into about 150 resales.

3rd. Return shewing the number of acres surveyed for Sale. This included some parishes surveyed by Mr Darke the Maps of which are in progress and will be transmitted to you shortly.

4th. Return showing the lineal measurements. This includes the whole of the remaining Surveys performed in the District with the exception of the work of Messrs Stapylton and D’arcy, these I cannot furnish not being in possession of any of their maps

5th. Abstract shewing the supposed value of the different kinds of lands in the Port Phillip District.

It will be perceived that the lands in the immediate neighbourhood of the Town under the first five heads have been considered of equal value, this is in consequence of their being purchased as building sites, but if sold in large portions such prices could never be expected The whole abstract involves a very difficult question admitting of great diversity of opinion in fact it is almost impossible to obtain any good data upon which to work

6th. Contains the whole of the lands which have been advertised for sale at different times at a less upset price than 20/ per acre. and are now open for Sale under the Regulations of 21st. January 1841.

I have the honor to be +c

signed, T. S. Townsend

Ass Sur: in Charge

[ To: ] The Surveyor General +c. +c. +c.

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Survey Office Melbourne

9 February 1841.

No 41/13

Sir.

I do myself the honor to call your attention the rapidly increasing business of the Branch of your Department and to request the appointment of an efficient Draftsman as a great portion of my time is occupied in compiling and drawing Maps.

I have the honor to be +c.

, signed, T. S. Townsend Asst Surveyor in Charge

[ To: ] Surveyor General

________________________________________

Survey Office Melbourne

9th February 1841.

No 41/14.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to call your attention the rapid increase of duties and consequent anxieties attendant on my present situation in superintending the Survey of the District and conducting the detail of the office business the latter of which obliges me to become an almost constant resident in Town at a very heavy expense. May I therefore urgently request your favourable recommendation of me to His Excellency for the appointment of Surveyor.

I have the honor to be +c.

, signed, T. S. Townsend.

Asst Sur: in Charge

[ To: ] Surveyor General

________________________________________

Survey Office Melbourne 13 Feby. 1841.

No 4/15.

Sir.

I have to request that you will take the earliest opportunity of forwarding a corrected Map of the Survey you transmitted on 7th. Novr. last part of which I examined on the ground, and, I regret to be compelled to inform you, once more, that

no

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no other survey of your’s can be received here until the one mentioned above is completed.

I have the honor to be +c.

, signed, T. S. Townsend

Asst. Sur: in Charge

[ To: ] G.D. Smythe Esqr. Contract Surveyor

________________________________________

Survey Office Melbourne

16th. February 1841.

No 41/16.

Sir.

In compliance with your Honor's verbal Instructions desiring me to prepare a Sketch shewing the directions in which it appears advisable the principal Roads in the District should be laid out.

I do myself the honor to transmit a Sketch in accordance thereto with the general direction of those lines marked on it that appear to be required at present making Melbourne and Geelong the grand [ ? ] points of departure also to inform your Honor that should the general arrangement meet with your approbation Mr Darke will be in readiness to commence the Survey of such line as you may wish have completed first.

I have the honor to be +c.

Signed, T. S. Townsend

[ To: ] His Honor The Superintendent.

________________________________________

No 41/17

Survey Office Melbourne

16 Feby 1841

Entered in Individuals Letter Book

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Survey Office Melbourne

16 February 1841.

No 41/18.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose herewith a certificate in favour of Mr Draftsman Nutt in order that, should you approve of my recommendation, he may obtain the annual increase in question.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed T. S. Townsend

Asst. Sur: in Charge

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

________________________________________

Survey Office Melbourne

16th. February 1841.

No 41/19.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose you a letter I have received from Mr Crawford Mollison Contract Surveyor reporting the absconding of one of the men of his party and applying ^ to me for one to replace him, which from all the Surveying parties here being short and there being none in the gang here disposable, cannot be complied with. May I therefore request that you will cause my requisition dated Jany. No 41/2. to be immediately complied with.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed T. S. Townsend

Asst Sur: in Charge.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

________________________________________

No.s 41/20. 41/21. 41/22

See Individuals Letter Book.

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Survey Office Melbourne

22nd. February 1841.

No 41/23.

Sir.

With reference to your letter No 41/20 calling my attention to the Notice contained in Govt. Gazette of the 1st. January and amongst other instructions desiring me to keep a book of records if all selections made under these regulations to transmit to you monthly returns of all such selections as may be made and to state what, if any, clerical assistance I may require to carry into effect the intention of the Government and in so doing, ordering me to confer with His Honor the Superintendent.

I do myself the honor to inform you that previously to the receipt of your letter His Honor had made temporary arrangements in consequence of want of room in this building to have the land office adjoining that of the Clerk of Works which is distant about three hundred yards from this.

Mr Macarthur will have to attend there from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. for the purpose of sharing the Maps and giving information to the Public a duty to which much of his time must be devoted but I hope to be able to keep the business from falling into arrears should you accede to the request contained in my letter No 41/13 by allowing an efficient Draftsman to be attached to the office.

I have the honor to be +c.

, signed, T. S.J Townsend

Asst Sur: in Charge

[ To: ] The Surveyor General

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Survey Office Melbourne

26th February 1841.

No 41/24.

Sir.

In reply to the Instructions contained in your letter No 41/2 applying for twelve Convicts to be attached to this Branch of your Department and in which you also inform me that eight men have been applied for and will, on [ being – struck out ] their assignment to the Department, be forwarded to this place and desiring also that I will furnish you immediately with a return of the names of the men who have obtained, or have been recommended for Tickets of Leave since I have taken charge

I do myself the honor to inform you that the undermentioned men have attained Tickets of Leave vizt.

Joseph Carr.  		Recovery	Attached to my party
Caleb Tandy 		Asia 
Joseph Gutheridge 	Moffat.	attached to Mr Darke’s Party 
Samuel Barber 	do 		attached to 
Robert Jenkins 	do 		Mr. Kemp’s party.
John Todd		do.		attached to Mr. H. W. H. Smythe’s party.
and
George Nott		Amorica	attached to Mr . Nutt’s party

and the following is a list of those who have been recommended for Tickets of Leave

Thomas Lawley. 	Bengal Merchant	attached
Samuel Evans		do			to my party.
Richard Curtis	Hoogly		formerly attached to 
John Askman		Moffatt		Mr. Hoddle now with me.
Charles Dworant [ ? ]	Prince Geaorge.	office keeper
Robert Goddon. 	---			attached to Mr Darke

I have the honor to be

Sir.

Your Most obedt sert

signed, T. S. Townsend.

Asst Sur. in Charge

[ To: ] Surveyor General .

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Survey Office Melbourne

26 February 1841.

No 41/25.

Sir.

In obedience to the Instructions contained in your letter No 41/427 desiring me to forward to you a plan and descriptions of the 455 acres of land sold on 15 April 1840 in the Parish of Kalkallo and of the village Reserves adjoining it. I do myself the honor to enclose a plan and descriptions accordingly.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed T. S. Townsend

Asst Sur: in Charge [ To: ] The Surveyor General +c. +c. +c.

______________________________

Survey Office Melbourne

3rd March 1841.

No 41/26.

Sir.

In compliance with your Honor’s verbal instructions I do myself the Honor to enclose a list of those sections of land which appear to me most advisable to subdivide into portions ranging from 70 to 100 acres each. There are some few exceptions where the lands are not of first rate quality as in the instance of the Parish of Carrungemurnong although from its locality must be valuable, being both well watered and having so good proximity to Geelong, but if divided into less portions some of them must be without water a circumstance which is objectionable when the land is second rate quality, or the whole of the Lots would, if allowed frontage, be thrown into long narrow stripes of a most inconvenient shape. I am therefore

under

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This remark will apply to almost the whole of the lands mentioned in this list as care has been taken to select them in the centre of good grazing country. The portions in the parishes of Irrewarra, Elliminyte and Nalangal have been already subdivided by Mr. Smythe and are consequently ready for the market also several portions in the Parishes of Korkuperrimul, Merrimu and Parwan have been subdivided by Mr. Darke as mentioned in my letter No 41/11 but some of these I think might be advantageously cut into smaller portions as they vary from Eighty to three hundred and fifty acres

I have the honor to be +c.

signed T. S. Townsend

Asst. Sur: in Charge.

[ To: ] His Honor C. J. Latrobe Esqr.

Survey Office Melbourne 3rd March 1841.

No 41/27.

Sir.


I do myself the honor to enclose a letter which I have received from Mr. Draftsman Nutt requesting that a Salary may be allowed to Richard Stevens per Ship Neptune who has been attached to his

party

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party for upwards of two years.

I have the honor to be +c

signed T. S. Townsend

Asst Sur. in Charge

[ To: ] Sir. Thomas L. Mitchell

Surveyor General


Survey Office Melbourne

8th March 1841.

No 41/283.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose a list which I have made in compliance with Instructions received from his Honor the Superintendent of those lands which it appears most advisable to me to subdivide, and to state that I have furnished Mr. Latrobe with a copy of it which was transmitted to him in my letter No 41/26 a copy of which is also enclosed.

I have the honor to be +c

signed, T. S. Townsend

Asst Sur: in Charge

[ To: ] Sir. T. L. Mitchell

Surveyor General


List of Lands which it is proposed to divide into portions ranging from eighty acres upwards in the Parishes already Surveyed.

1st. Parish of Wollert Portion No 4 containing 1095 acres. The back section to be sold as 640 acres and the remainder to be divided into, portions of about 76 acres each. ( If not sold as coming under the Regulations of 21 January 1841. )

2nd. Parish of Merriang. Portion No 14 containing 640. to be divided into eight portions of 80 each ( if not sold under the Regulations published on 21st. Jany. 1841.

3d. Parish of Bulla Bulla. Portions No 5 + 7

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containing 676 and 417 acres. To be divided into 13 portions containing 80 acres each.

4th. Parish of Korkuperimaul. previously alluded to in my letter No 41/11.

5th parish of Parwan do do

6. Parish of Merrimu do do

7 Parish of Goorockburkghap

No 9 containing the back section to be sold as 640 acres and the remainder to be divided into four portions.

No 10 containing to be divided in the same manner as No 9.

Portion No 15 containing 651 acres to be divided into eight portions of about eighty acres each

No 16 containing 720 acres to be divided into eight portions containing about 90 acres each

No Parish of Tarneit. portion No 1 containing about 320 acres to be divided into four portions of about eighty acres each

No 7 containing about 1200 acres the back section to be sold as 640 acres and the front portion to be divided into seven No 8 containing about 1000 acres to be divided into four portions

These lands are all situated at and above the crossing place on the East bank of the Werriby on the present Geelong and Bunningor Roads.

Parish of Werriby No 1 containing about 640 acres. 240 acres to be reserved the remaining 400 acres to be divided into five portions. Portion No 8 containing 300 acres to be divided into five.

No 9 containing about 800 acres to be divided into seven

Parish of Carrungemurnong. Portion No 1 containing 673 acres. Portion No 10 containing 782 acres. Portion No 11

con.

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Parish of Lake Lake Mollard the back sections of portions 8. 9. 16 and 17 to be sold as 640 acres each the remaining quantity of 2078 acres to be divided into twenty six farms of about 80 acres each.

Parish of Irrewarra Section No 10 already divided into four portions containing 240. 235. 2. 0. 227. 1. 0. and 211. 1. by Mr Smythe Section No 19 also divided into four portions containing 230. 1. 0. 221. 234 and 219 ac 3.

Section No 20 in that Parish divided into eight portions four containing 158 acres each the remainder 79. 3. 14 93. 5. 56 118. 5. 4 and 141. 3. 19. Section 29 divided into four portions containing 158 acres each.

Section No 30 divided into twelve portions four containing 80 acres each and eight containing 40 acres each.

Parish of Elliminyte

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Survey Office Melbourne

8th. March 1841.

No 41/29.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to transmit herewith a Map of pert of the Eastern shores of the Bay of Port Phillip and the adjoining Country which has been surveyed by Contract by Mr. George D. Smythe and to inform you that a Map of this work was transmitted to Head Quarters on 26th November last No 40/37. for the decision of the Deputy Surveyor General as in measuring between the points ABC and D for the purpose of testing the work I discovered an error of upwards of twenty chains my own work having closed to within about fifty chains after a circuit of thirteen miles. Therefore at the same time that I forwarded the Map to Head quarters I returned Mr. Smythe his duplicate and informed him that no other work of his could be received until this was corrected and on the 26th Ultimo he furnished me with the accompanying Map in duplicate I have applied the nwork from my field Book to his Map and have shewn the differences between us by corresponding letters in red and black the black letters shewing the position of each station by Mr. Smythe and the red the same points determined by me. There is an error pf about four chains at the point D shewn by the letters n. n. I have examined the plotting of the whole of the work with Mr. Smythe’s field Book by scaling each line and in many instances by protracting the bearing and find an error in the plotting as some of the lines are too short others too long but the greater number coincide easily

with

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

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with my scale which is a proof that it is not merely an apparent error caused from a difference in the scales but that there is an actual error caused from slovenly plotting, however as the difference of Survey between us in a distance of nine miles ( from A to D ) traversed by me and nearly double that distance by Mr. Smythe is only four chains a discrepancy which may easily occur from a difference of Instruments and I am tolerably confident of the accuracy of his field book, having plotted several portions of it over myself of which the traverses of that portion of the Coast from Mordialloc to the South end of the Map and the swamp at the back ( marked in pencil E F G H ) is an instance and I found when carefully laid down that the points meet very well. Although by no means pleased with the work I did conceive myself justified in entirely with holding a certificate from Mr. Smythe I therefore gave him one to the following effect at the foot of his account. vizt.

“I certify that I have examined Mr. Smythe’s work above mentioned both by running proof of lines on the ground and by scaling and protracting the plotting in many places and I believe his field [ work – struck out ] book to be accurate but the plotting is not so good as could be wished.” This is as referred to His honor the Superintendent who gave his sanction to Mr Smythe’s receiving payment.

I beg to observe that I have never received any instructions

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relative to the Method to be adopted in the verification of the Contractors Work also to call your attention to the absolute necessity there is for having a check over some of these gentlemen as Mr Smythe had actually made oath to the accuracy of his Map previously to my going over it in November last

I have the honor to be +c

signed Thos S. Townsend

Asst Sur: in Charge


Survey Office Melbourne

9 March 1841.

No 41/30.

Sir.

In compliance with the Instructions contained in the Deputy Surveyor General’s Letter No 41/316 with which he returned Mr. Kemp’s plan and descriptions of the land in the Parish of Cut Paw Paw in order that the areas and descriptions of the portions bordering on the Harbour might be adjusted to meet the Regulations proclaimed in his Circular No 41/289

I do myself the honor to return the plan and description with the necessary alterations made thereon in all the portions having frontages on the Harbour Hobsons River and the Salt Water River as far as it is navigable and I would beg leave to mention that a similar reservation has not been made in the lands on the opposite bank of the Salt Water river in the Parish of Doutta Galla and as the River is navigable it may perhaps be considered necessary to introduce it.

I have the honor to be +c signed T. S. Townsend

Sir T. L. Mitchell Sur: Gen.

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Survey Office Melbourne

13 March 1841.

No 41/31.

Sir.

His Honor the Superintendent has desired me to instruct you to return to Geelong and make a Survey of the Ground in the direction which it is advisable the principal lines of Road should take in that District through the lands which have been marked for sales and I have to request that you will do so at your earliest convenience.

From your previous Surveys I trust that you are so well acquainted with the localities as to make a general Survey of the Country in the vicinity of the proposed lines unnecessary and that you will be able in a short time to transmit a plan for approval shewing the course you propose these Roads should take. The lines which it is His Honor’s wish should be first marked are these vizt.

1st. That leading to Lake Colac and Karangamite and which may be ultimately continued to Port Fairy.

2d. That leading to the Yarrowe or Lee thence to the Waddy Alloc and the Portland Bay Country and ultimately to the Town of Portland.

3d. The lines through the Parish of Whorrel on the West bank of the Moorarbool and thence on to the Bunniyon Country.

On your Map you will be careful to shew all the features of the Ground. and note the nature of the Soil and the timber which grows on it.

I have the honor to be +c

signed T. S. Townsend

[ To: ] H. W. H. Smythe Esqr

Contract Surveyor

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Survey Office Melbourne

18th March 1841.

No 41/32.

Sir.

I have to request that you will proceed on a Survey of a Parish North of Bulla Bulla. Bounded on the West by the Marriburnong or Western Branch of the Salt Water River on the South by the Parish of Bulla Bulla on the East by the Eastern Branch of the Salt Water River and on the North by the Section line four Miles North of the Northern boundary of the Parish of Bulla Bulla.

You will be guided in the Minutia of your Survey by the Instructions you received previous to your commencing the Survey of the Parish of Yuroke.

I have the honor to be +c

,signed, T. S Townsend

[ To: ]Crawford Mollison Esqr.


Survey Office Melbourne

22d. March 1841.

No 41/33.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to transmit herewith a plan and descriptions of the lands in the Parish of Warrandyte which has been Surveyed by Mr. Nutt.

I have the honor to be

Sir

,signed, T. S. Townsend .

Asst Sur in Charge

[ To: ] Sir. T. L. Mitchell Surveyor General

+c +c +c

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Survey Office Melbourne

34 March 1841.

No 41/34.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to inform you that His Honor the Superintendent has intimated to me that he has received a letter from you appraising him of the appointment of Mr. Chitty as a Contractor and desired me at the same time to request you to be good enough to cause men to be attached to him to be forwarded to this branch of your Department at your earliest convenience should Mr. Chitty be employed on the same terms as the other gentlemen holding contracts in this District.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, T. S. Townsend Ass Sur. in Charge

[ To: ] Sir. T. L. Mitchell Surveyor General

+c. +c. +c.


Survey Office Melbourne

1st April 1841.

No 41/35.

Sir.

In obedience to the Instructions contained in your letter No 41/20 directing that a Book should be opened to record the selections of land made under the Regulations published on the 1st. January and that monthly returns should be made to your office I do myself the honor to enclose an Abstract accordingly of all those lands which have been purchased under the Regulations

I have the honor to be +c

sd. T. S. Townsend

Asst Sur in Charge

[ To: ] The Surveyor General

+c +c +c.

Sydney

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Survey Office Melbourne

1st April 1841.

No 41/36

Sir.

I do myself the honor to transmit herewith a return of all Stores. Equipments. Convicts and Cattle belonging to your department in this District, together with a copy of requisitions dated 1st. July 1840. and 1st. Jany. 1841. which have not yet been complied with. together with a copy of latter dated 1st. Jany. 1841 in which the necessity for complying with the requisition for men is pointed out and I now beg to inform you, that if it is not complied with shortly the field operations will be stopped

I have the honor to be +c

sd. T. S. Townsend.

Asst. Sur in Charge

[ To: ] Surveyor General

+c +c +c

Sydney.


No. 41/37. See Individual Letter book.


Survey Office

Melbourne 20th. April 1841.

No 41/38.

Sir

I do myself the honor to transmit herewith a plan and description of a portion of the lands remaining unsold in the Parish of Yuroke measured by Mr. Mollison Contract Surveyor which I regret to say has been marked at variance with the general system adopted in the Department in consequence I imagine of a difference in the compasses of the gentlemen

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who surveyed the adjoining Parishes as well as an error in their chaining therefore in order to make the portions as nearly equal as possible. Mr. Mollison without my knowledge marked the lines leading northerly one degree fifteen minutes West of North, he having found by his instrument that to be the bearing of the Eastern boundary of the Parish of Bulla Bulla, whilst the lines running East and West are marked towards those points, with the exception of the Southern boundary of portion No 5 which he found marked on the grounds one degree North of East.

I have examined his work on the grounds by running a diagonal line through it and find the lines all correctly marked in accordance with his plan. but his attempt at representing the ground is very humble the features in the southern part of the parish being steep and bold near the water shed, whilst the higher lands are generally undulating on the south Side of the Parish, which I do not consider to be at all represented in his Map. I have therefore directed his attention to the above circumstances and requested an improvement in his next Survey.

I have the honor to be +c

Sd. T. S. Townsend.

Asst. Sur. in Charge.

[ To: ] The Surveyor General

+c +c +c

Sydney


Survey Office Melbourne

27th. April 1841.

No 41/39.

Sir

I do myself the honor to transmit a plan and description of henry Dendy’s 5120 acres Special Survey which I have

measured

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measured, and marked out, having reserved a distance of one hundred feet from high water mark for Government purposes on accordance with the directions contained in your letter ( circular ) No. 40/284.

I have the honor to be Sir

Sgd. T. S. Townsend.

[ To: ] The Surveyor Genl.


Survey Office Melbourne

20th. April 1841.

No 41/40.

Sir

I do myself the honor to transmit herewith a plan and description of a portion of the lands remaining unsold in the Parish of Yuroke measured by Mr Mollison Contract Surveyor which I regret to say have been marked +c. +c.

Error. See letter No. 41/38.


Survey Office Melbourne

5th. May 1841.

No 41/41.

Sir

I have the honor to inform you that from the accumulation of plans, it is impossible to refer to them without having having a proper Press to arrange them for their safe custody Will your Honor have the goodness to sanction an order for such to be made with the least possible delay.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd R. Hoddle.

Surveyor.

[ To: ] His Honor the Superintendent.


Survey Office Melbourne

5th. May 1841.

No 41/42.

Sir.

The Surveyor General having

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sanctioned a Requisition for supplies which I brought with me in the Australasian Packet with the exception of Bullocks and Horses, which I was recommended to purchase here I therefore request the favor of your sanction to purchase ( 14 ) fourteen Bullocks for the use of the Department the number applied for and also four Horses which is to replace four horses that are become useless from old age.

I have the honor to be +c.

Sgd. R. Hoddle.

Surveyor.

[ To: ] His Honor

The Superintendent.


Land Office Melbourne

5th May 1841.

No 41/43.

Sir

His Honor the Superintendent having signified his wish that you proceed to Corner Inlet for the purpose of reserving a site for a Town and Reserve for Public Services. I have to request you will be pleased to make arrangements for that purpose. From your talent and experience I doubt not you will make a good selection, bearing in mind the necessity of every access and abundant supply of good fresh water. the Coast and Rivers must be traced with descriptions of the Country, its soil and capabilities as to its probable future settlement, send any other information that is interesting in a geographical point of view not forgetting the quality of the Timber, Minerals Rocks.

Mr. Mainwaring Chitty is to be employed as a contractor there, as he had no knowledge of the Country you will

have the

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have the goodness to render him every assistance in your power so as to enable him to fulfil the object of his contract.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Asst. Surveyor.

Townsend.


Land Office Melbourne.

6th. May 1841.

No 41/44.

Sir.

The Surveyor General having notified to me your being employed as a contract Surveyor under my directions, I have therefore to request you will be pleased to proceed with Mr. Assistant Surveyor Townsend to Corner Inlet, who will point out to you the scene of your operations.

You are to observe the following particulars in tracing the Rivers, Water Courses and coast – 1st. All permanent Water sufficient to form natural Boundaries are to be traced, and the quality of the water to be noted, the velocity of streams, also the nature of the adjoining Country, Timber, Mountains, undulations, level, alluvial or other particulars that may be useful to the agriculturist or grazier or that may be in a geographical point of view.

2nd In tracing a River where it is likely that settlers may occupy you will mark the section lines across such portions of land as either have water frontage, or are so situated as to be readily saleable at the fixed price of one pound per acre.

3rd. You will lay off such section lines chiefly along river frontages, so that those sections including the River and being consequently broken by it, may as broken sections, be estimated together to make six hundred and forty acres The extension of such lines

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to back sections must depend on the quality of the land and is not to be carried further than where land is likely to be in request under present circumstances.

4th. Although it is not contemplated to mark out whole parishes you will keep parochial divisions or to determine the frontage [ side? ], which will be in width five miles and the centre across common water courses is to be reserved for a village containing three hundred and twenty acres on the most eligible half of the centre section, you will number [ half of the centre – struck out ] your square miles or parts of square miles along such frontage, with reference to each parish, commencing at No. 1. giving to each parish such short or easily remembered names as may best please the public. but native names is the most desirable you will perceive that this is necessary for the sake of description, and reference, and that it will thus be possible to complete the sections and series of numbers in each parish at any future time should they be required.

5th. Your Plans must be accompanied by accurate descriptions, such as have been required heretofore for insertion in Deeds of Grant of all sections so marked off in the course of such Surveys. and you will distinguish on your Map by a red color the spots you would propose as most eligible for a village, and also by a green color all those other parts of the Country which may appear to you eligible for subdivision into small

portions

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portions as farms because of the quality of soils, abundance of water, and other local advantages.

6th. The immediate wants of the public require the survey of rivers before that of ranges, but the highest points must be fixed by angles in tracing the Rivers, Creeks,Water Courses or coasts.

7th. Your work will be estimated by linear measurement only, and you must shew on your Map trace and angles in red lines, also the stations and remarkable objects in your Survey so that any point may be recognized on the ground to correct any future survey. You will furnish the Office with a copy of your field Book and also two Maps of your Surveys which is to be on a scale of two inches to a mile. and to be furnished with a scale and north point also shewing the variation of the Compass in your survey. You will delineate the Hills and shew the nature of these and whether the are composed of Granite Sandstone limestone and where Coal, slate marble found. On the Map you will insert a tabular Schedule [ referring – struck out ] shewing the number and area of each lot with a blank column to be afterwards filled up with the name of the purchaser also a second schedule referring to and describing the marks that have been made on the ground at the corner of each lot so as to shew the natural and artificial marks that have been made [ at the corner of each – struck out ] on the ground to shew the natural and artificial marks on the lines bounding each lot. this being such as local circumstances will admit, and you will likewise attach to the schedule some

account

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I have +c.

sgd. Robert Hoddle.

Surveyor.

[ To: ] To.

Mainwaring Chitty Esqr.

Contract Surveyor.


Land Office Melbourne

6th. May 1841.

No 41/45.

Sir.

I have to request you will be pleased to furnish the Office with a Map of your latest Surveys with as little delay as possible and that you will afterwards proceed to survey the sources of the River Hopkins from Mount Cole. You are to observe the following particulars in the course of your Survey.

see foregoing letter.

[ To: ] To.

Mollison Esqr.

Contract Surveyor.

No. 41/46.

Letter and instructions

see No. 41/45.

[ To: ] To.

W. Darke Esqr.

Contract Surveyor

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Survey Office Melbourne

6th. May 1841.

No. 41/47.

Sir.

I have to request you will be pleased to furnish the office with a Map of your latest Surveys with as little delay as possible, and that you will afterwards proceed to complete the Tributaries of the River Barwan as directed in your previous instructions finishing the Survey of the Rivers Yarrowe and Moorarbool up to their sources with all their tributary Creeks.

You will also trace the present principal line of Roads after having completed which, you will furnish a Plan shewing the old with the new line which you propose. The Road towards you will mark as far as Tailors River including that Stream in your Survey. You will be pleased to observe the following particulars in your future Surveys.

see instructions in letter No. 41/46.


[ To: ] H. W. H. Smythe Esqr. Contract Surveyor.


Survey Office Melbourne

11th. May 1841.

No. 41/48.

Sir.

I have been requested by His Honor The Superintendent to send Assistant Surveyor Townsend to Corner Inlet for the purpose of fixing a site for a Town and Govt. Reserve and have directed Mr. M[ ? ] Chitty a Contract Surveyor to accompany Mr. Townsend in order to make a complete

Survey

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survey of that part of the Colony as several special Surveys have been already applied for in that direction I trust this arrangement will meet your approval.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] To. The Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne.

11th. May

No. 41/49.a.

Sir.

I have the honor to enclose you a list of the Reserves in the Surveyed Lands and also others that it is desirable to make on the lines of Road towards Sydney the Campaspe. Geelong. and Portland Bay as soon as the best line is determined

I have the honor to be +c Sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] To. His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqre.

Superintendent.


At the proposed crossing of the Geelong Road about a mile above the junction of the Yarra with the Salt Water River.

Keillor on the Salt Water River.

Korroroit

Wirrabee

Barsuede (or little River) and

Bates’ on Limeburner’s Creek.

Reserves recommended on the line of Road to Portland Bay – from Geelong.

Junction of the Yarrawee and Barwan Rivers including the crossing place. another from the Yarrawee.

Reserve about 12 miles West on Creek (name unknown).

On the Woadie Yalock. and on the Fresh

Water.

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station. Ebdends [ ? ] station. Junction of the Campaspe and Collabap Rivers. Clarks on the Goulbourne. Hughes Creek about 10 miles from Goulburn Templeton’s station on the Creeks about 35 miles from Goulburn. The Broken River about 30 miles from Templeton’s next the Ovens.

It would be desirable to secure all the usual halting places for the Public.

Survey Office Melbourne

11th May 1841.

No. 41/49.B.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose you herewith a description and tracing of Five thousand one hundred and twenty acres of land selected for a special Survey by Mr. Fredric Wright [ ? ] of Sydney, and have to request that you will proceed to measure the same, and transmit to me a plan and description of it without loss of time. In this you will be careful not to include the Village Reserve in the five thousand one hundred and twenty acres as it is the intention of the Governt. still to retain it themselves.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Mr T. H. Nutt.

Survey Office Melbourne

11th May 1841.

No. 41/50.

Sir.

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Survey Office Melbourne

12th. May 1841.

No. 41/51.

Sir.

With reference to my letter No. 41/43 desiring you to proceed to Corner Inlet to fix on the Site for a Town and lay out a few Blocks of Allotments for sale als to select reserves which may be required for the Public Services, I have to request that after you have completed those Instrauctions in which I trust you will meet with considerable assistance from Mr. Chitty, you will send plans of your Survey to measure the special Surveys selected by the undermentioned parties. vizt

John Orr. 5120. a. 1st. Selection on the East bank of the Albert.

Wm. Rutledge 5120. acres. 2nd. Do. – Do.

Jno. Reeves 5120. a – 1st Do. in Yarra.

You will have the goodness to send Plans of your Surveys for inspection of His Honor the Superintendent previous to the measurement of the Special Surveys applied for, and note on the Plans the precise spot applied for by these applicants

I have +c

sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Asst. Surveyor Townsend.

Survey Office Melbourne

13th May 1841.

No. 41/53.

Sir

I have to request that you will forward to this Office complete Maps of your Surveys with as little delay as possible, and that you will not proceed further with your present work until you

have

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have furnished me with the maps in question.

After you have complied with this request I shall then be prepared to give you further instructions for your future guidance.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd R. Hoddle.

[ To: ] G. D. Smythe Esqr.


Survey Office Melbourne.

13th. May 1841.

No 41/53.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose a letter which I have received from Asst. Surveyor Townsend requesting that a salary may be allowed to Wm. Matthews per Ship “Aaron” instead of Thomas Lanley “Bengal Merchant.” who has just received his Ticket of Leave. Matthews has been six years attached to your Department.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] The Sur. Genl.


Survey Office Melbourne.

14th. May 1841.

No 41/54.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose herewith a list of lands which are prepared to be immediately advertised for selection.

The list I prepared in compliance with a verbal instruction which I received from His Honor the Superintendent. a copy of which list I take leave to transmit.

I have the honor to be. +c

Sgd Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] The Surveyor General.

List of Lands prepared to be immediately advertised previously to be opened for Selection.

.					  acres
P. of Bulleen				    7635
P. of. Parwan				  19915
P. of. Merrimu				  10731
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.					  acres.
P. of. Doutta Galla.			    3601.
P. of. Murghebolue			  17268
P. of. Carrungemurnong.		  14511.
P. of. Elliminyt				  13110.
P. of. Nalangil.				  24450.
amt of acres.				111221


Survey Office Melbourne

19th. May 1841.

No 41/56.

Sir.

With reference to the Government Gazette of. 7th. May 1841. by which I observe that three allotments situated in this Town are advertized for sale on 4th. August next. I do myself the honor to call your attention to the fact of their being advertised at variance with the plan of the allotments in question a copy which was transmitted to you with descriptions by my latter No. 40/41. dated 13th. June 1840.ent of No. 4 allotment is two roods and ten perches, which is erroneously advertised two roods and two perches.

I have the honor to be +c

sgd. Robert. Hoddle.

[ To: ] The Surveyor General


Survey Office Melbourne

20th. May 1841.

No 41/58./ doubtful/.

Sir,

I do myself the honor to enclose herewith a plan and description of Mr. Darke’s Survey of the Werribee and its tributaries shewing the lands measured for sale in the vicinity which I have examined both on the ground and on paper and fixed them correct.

I have the honor to be +c

sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] The Surveyor Genl.

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Survey Office Melbourne.

27th. May 1841.

No 41/59.

Sir,

I do myself the honor to enclose for your information the copy of a letter I have received from the Surveyor General intimating to me His Excellency the Governor’s approval of Mr. H. H. [ ?? ] being employed as Clerk of the 3rd. Class at this office.

I have the honor to be. +c.

Sgd. Robert. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

His Honor

The Superintendent.


Survey Office Melbourne

27th. May 1841.

No 41/60.

Sir.

I have the honor to transmit you a copy of a letter which Asst. Surveyor Townsend received from the Surveyor General on the subject of appointing a Draftsman. As Asst. Surveyor Townsend did not act upon these instructions I beg leave to recommend for your Honor’s sanction the temporary employment of Mr. Buckley educated at the Military College at Sandhurst and late of the 82 Regt. who properly qualified to act as a Draftsman in this Branch of the Surveyor General’s Department

I have the honor to be +c.

sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

His Honor

The Superintendent.


Survey Office Melbourne

27th. May 1841.

No 41/61.

Sir

I have the honor to transmit for your Honor’s perusal the probable expense of this Branch of the Survey Dept. for the coming year in compliance with your request as contained

in your

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in your letter of the 7th. Inst The excess above the Surveyor General’s calculation is principally caused by the probable cost of the contract system of Surveying, which is not approved of by him as it is found to be more expensive.

I have the honor to be +c

sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

His Honor

The Superintendent.


Survey Office Melbourne

27th. May 1841.

No 41/62.

Sir.

In reference to your Honor’s minute respecting the Road occupation of Mr. Porter, Steps will be immediately taken to remove the fences that obstruct the Road.

I have the honor to be +c

sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

His Honor

The Superindt.


Survey Office Melbourne

29th. May 1841.

No 41/63.

Sir.

With reference to your Honor’s letter No. 41/527 dated yesterday respecting the appointment of Mr. H. H. [ ?? ] to act as a Clerk of the 3rd Class in my office, and also acknowledging the receipt of my letter respecting the appointment of Draftsman which your Honor appears to approve of the appointment one which is necessary.

The latter paragraph in your letter in the form of a question admits but of a plain answer, which is the clerical duties in either land or Survey Office could be discharged by one Clerk devoting his time and attention fully to the duties of his

office

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office.

I have the honor to be +c

sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

His Honor

The Suprdnt.


Survey Office Melbourne

31st. May 1841.

No 41/66.

Sir,

I do myself the honor to enclose for your Honor’s information the report of the Board which met this morning for the inspection of the horses belonging to this branch of the Surveyor General’s Department by which you will observe that four of them are unfit for service and are consequently recommended to be sold for the benefit of the Govt. I have the honor to request that your Honor will be pleased to sanction my purchasing four others to replace those condemned.

I have the honor to be +c.

Sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

His Honor.

The Suprdnt.


Survey Office Melbourne.

31st. May 1841.

No 41/67.

Sir.

As I presume you have had sufficient time to make yourself acquainted with the usual method of marking and surveying lands in this colony I request you will be pleased to proceed without loss of time to attend to the following instructions for your guidance.

1st. To provide yourself with the usual equipment and complement of men which you will receive from me.

2nd. You will proceed to the neighbourhood of Mount Macedon, where the Section lines terminate, and proceed to connect them with section lines to be marked at Mr. Ebden’s principal station which will be reserved

for a

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for a village on the Campaspe River which has been surveyed by me a little beyond this station and Trees marked H. As you might lose some time in looking for the trees. It will be better that you commence at Ebden’s station which will be the centre of a Parish to be afterwards marked.

3rd. you will proceed there and survey the Campaspe to its source in the Mountains with its tributaries.

4th. After completing this stream, you will finish the Survey of the Calliban commencing where I left off at a station formerly occupied by Mr. Boroman, afterwards by a person of the name of [ ? Umphilby ? ]. It is distant about five miles North of Mr. Mollison’s Station. The tributaries of this stream are also to be traced to their sources in the Mountains and likewise to trace the Margins of all Lakes, Lagoons + swamps.

You are to observe the following particulars

1st. You will mark the Section Lines across and portions of Land as either have water frontage or are so situated as to be readily saleable at the fixed Sum of one pound per acre.

To. Para 6 See instructions to Mr. Chitty No 41/44.

The Plan must be drawn on a scale of two inches to the mile to shew all the features of the ground, and in fact to contain the total results of the Survey particularly delineating any buildings, fences or stations, and to bear a title with scale and compass delineated thereon, the Plan should also shew by small writing in general terms, the nature of the soil and whether watered or not. The corner of each portion is also to be represented by a letter of the Alphabet. and on the plan is to appear a schedule pointing out [ ? by ? ] to such letters the bearing and distance and

description

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description of the Tree or Trees or other marks used to determine the corners A Schedule of the Portions shewing the no. and area must also be placed on the Plan with a description of the soil appendant to each such as good, saleable, alluvial, light forest, bad, stony +c. +c. Moreover the length of each line must appear in small red figures. and within each portion must appear the no. and the area in Roman letters or Capitals, the tracing and survey stations are also to be shewn in small red dots.

Wherever a Parish is to be completed it should contain from 25 to 30. square miles or sections and to be square provided there are no natural features to form the boundaries: natural features are however to be preferred. The parishes will be in general five miles along a River or stream. no section lines are to be broken and are to be each 80 eighty chains. The width of Rivers being included where the lines cross.

The variation of the compass is to be noted but the section lines must be magnetic. but great care must be used to ascertain the local attraction which exists so frequently in many parts of this Country.

As soon as you have completed your Surveys of the Campaspe and calliban as directed, you will have the goodness to furnish me with a Plan.

You will be regular in transmitting your monthly reports of Progress in order that the Surveyor General may be made acquainted with the progress you are making in the Survey of this interesting part of the colony.

I have the honor to be +c.

Sgd Robert. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

Asst. Surveyor

Pickering.

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Survey Office Melbourne.

1st. June 1841.

No 41/68.

Sir.

In attention to your letter of the 19th. Ultimo No. 41/164 respecting the necessity of making a Survey of the country about Corner Inlet. in order that [ a ] special Surveys may be allowed there, I have the honor to state that at the desire of His Honor the Superintendent already made to me, Mr. Townsend has proceeded to that place + accompanied by Mr. Chitty a contract Surveyor whose cooperation would tend to facilitate the close of the Survey

A Boat and other necessary equipment have been supplied Mr. Townsend, together with my instructions a copy of which I have now the honor to forward.

I have the honor to be +c

sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

The Surr. Genl.


Land Office Melbourne

1st. June 1841.

Survey Office Melbourne

19th. May 1841.

No 41/55.

Sir.

I have the honor to transmit Plans of Surveys by Messrs. Darke and H. W. H. Smythe which have been examined previous to my arrival by Assistant Surveyor Townsend, and proved correct. viz the Werribee and its tributaries. Survey of the [ Portland – scribbled over ] proposed Road from Geelong to Portland Bay. old Road and proposed new line to Horsland Bluff, also a plan of the Parish of Bollinda with descriptions which I have examined and found correct, allowing for error of reading

north

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North for South, which I attribute to the inexperience of Mr. Mollison as a Surveyor employed by contract. His Field book I also transmit.

I have the honor to be. +c.

Sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

The Surveyor Genl.


Land Office Melbourne

1st. June 1841.

No 41/69.

Sir,

In obedience to the instructions contained in your letter to Asst. Surveyor Townsend No. 41/20 of 1st. Feby. I do myself the honor to enclose a Return of the Lands sold under the regulations of 1st. March 1841. between the 1st. and 30th. Ultimo

I have the honor to be +c.

sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

The Surveyor Genl.


Survey Office Melbourne

1st. June 1841.

No 41/70.

Sir.

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter no. 41/167 of the 22nd. Ultimo referring to Mr. Townsend letter No. 41/38. dated 20th. April requesting explanation “Why the section lines in Will Will rook have been made eighty two instead of eighty chains” I beg leave to inform you that I am not aware that the section lines in the Parish of Will Will Rook have been made more than the usual length viz eighty chains, and from the accuracy general of Mr. W. H. Smythe who measured those sections I have more confidence that the chain used by Mr. Smythe was correct and that he allowed for the irregularity of the ground which may account for the difference by Mr Mollison who ought

to have

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to have been made aware that he should have measured his section lines eighty chains and have allowed for the difference of the instruments which I am sorry to say vary considerably from 1°. one to 2°. two degrees.

I have the honor to be +c.

sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

The Surveyor Genl.


Land Office Melbourne

1st. June 1841.

No 41/71.

Sir,

I do myself the honor to enclose for your Honors information a Return of the land sold under the regulations of 1st. March 1841. between the 1st. and 31st. Ultimo.

I have the honor to be +c.

sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

His Honor.

The Superintendent.


Survey Office Melbourne

2nd. June 1841.

No 41/72.

Sir.

You will be pleased to proceed without loss of time to mark out the special survey applied for by Mr. Rutledge, and be particular in observing the usual practice as directed in Govt. Regulations dated 4th. March 1841 The land must consist of a regular unbroken area or block of land within a continued boundary. The block can never contain more than the following proportion of frontage on an [ ? ] River, watercourse, lake or other boundary , which by the custom of the colony has hitherto [ ?? ] may reasonably be considered water frontage that is to say not more than the proportion of one mile of such frontage for every four square miles of area, the frontage however being measured in the usual way and not

made

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made to follow the sinuosities of coast or Rivers. If both sides of the River or other boundary be taken each side will reckon as water frontage, and the other boundaries fixed by any special Survey must be straight lines running from North to South and from East to West and must coincide as much as possible with the ordinary section lines of the colony in all situations where such section line may have been established.

I enclose you a Description for your guidance, and you will shew the connection and features on your map of the part of the country so as to shew its relative situation on the general map. The trace and Plan must be shewn on the usual scale viz two inches to the mile.

I have the honor to be +c.

Sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

Mr. Draftsman

Nutt.


Survey Office Melbourne

4th. June 1841.

No 41/73.

Sir,

I herewith enclose a Survey of the Parish of Yering county of Bourke with Descriptions which has been marked by Mr. Nutt Draftsman. I have examined the Plans and have found them to be correct

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

The Surr. Genl.


Survey Office Melbourne

4th. June 1841.

No 41/74.

Sir,

I have the honor to enclose you a letter which I have received from Mr. Nutt which accompanied his Survey of Yering which has been transmitted, I have to observe that Mr. Nutt is very attentive and appears anxious to give satisfaction since my arrival

assistant.

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Assistant Surveyor Townsend spoke favorably of him during the time I was absent from the Department

I have the honor to be +c.

Sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

The Surveyor Genl.


Survey Office Melbourne

8th. June 1841.

No 41/75.

Sir.

Referring to your Honor’s minute of the 3rd. Inst. I do myself the honor to enclose you a Description of the land applied for by Mr. Unwin as a Special Survey. The Land has been measured and the Plans and descriptions will be forwarded to the Surveyor General by the next Post.

I have the honor to be +c.

Sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

His honor

The Superdt.


Survey Office Melbourne

8th. June 1841.

No 41/76.

Sir,

I have the honor to enclose you Plans and Descriptions of the Lands applied for by Messrs Unwin and Elgar as Special Surveys containing each ( 5120 ) Five thousand one hundred and twenty acres. which have been recently measured.

I have the honor to be +c.

Sgd. Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] To.

The Surr. Genl.


Survey Office Melbourne.

11th. June 1841.

No 41/78.

Sir.

In attention to your Honor’s Minute of this date relating to a road applied for by several landed Proprietors on the Merri Creek. I beg leave to intimate that there is a road already

marked

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marked and shewn on the Map from the Yarra rivulet [ NOTE: This was a previous name of the Plenty River, see Letter 42/53 on page 336 of this Series ] to Melbourne I do not therefore perceive the necessity of marking another.

I have the honor to be. +c

Sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

His Honor.

C. J. Latrobe Esqr.


Survey Office Melbourne

19th. June 1841.

No 41/79.

Sir.

No copy of the Government Gazette having been received since my last joining this office I have the honor to request that you will be pleased to cause a copy to be regularly forwarded as from the want of it the business of the Dept. cannot be carried on with such regularity as I could wish

I have the honor to be. +c

Sgd. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

The Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

29 June 1841.

No 41/80.

Sir

I have to request you will be pleased without loss of time to measure the land applied for as a Special Survey by Mr. Jamieson 5120 acres near Mount Martha. You will measure is as near as the description will admit . and not to deviate from the usual allowance for water frontage. Viz two miles and not to be measured within ( 100 ) one hundred feet of high water mark.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

Mr. Draftsman Nutt.

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Survey Office Melbourne

29th. June 1841.

No 41/81.

Sir.

I have the honor to transmit a Plan and Description of the Land applied for as a Special Survey ( 5120 ) acres by Mr. Wm. Rutledge which has been recently measured in the Parish of. Willowmavin

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. R Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

The Surr. Genl.


Survey Office Melbourne.

29th. June 1841.

No 41/81.

Sir.

I have the honor to transmit Descriptions in Duplicate of the lands proposed to be immediately advertised for Sale. in compliance with your Honor’s instructions of the 25th. Inst.

I have the honor to be. +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To His Honor

The Superintendent.


Survey Office Melbourne.

29th. June 1841.

No 41/83.

Sir

I have the honor to inform you that Mr. Buckley. educated at the Royal Military College at Sandhurst and late a Lieutnt in the 82nd. Regt. a gentleman competent to act as a Draftsman in this Branch of your Department has been employed from 1st. Apr.] with the sanction of His Honor the Superintendent in accordance with your letter No. 41/82. of 15th March 1841.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

Sur. Genl.

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Survey Office Melbourne

5th July 1841.

No. 41/84.

Sir

I have the honor to forward a copy of this Day's Gazette containing the advertisement of Lands about to be thrown open for sale.

I have the honour to be

Sir.

Your most obedt. servant.

sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To

the Survr. Genl.

Survey Office Melbourne

6th July. 1841.

No 41/84.

I have the honor to transmit Sections in compliance with your Honor's Instructions of the 1st Inst. which were completed by the time mentioned, but have since discerned that in consequence of the letters not being clearly defined other Sections have been obliged to be taken which has retarded my progress until this morning.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd R Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

His Honor

The Superintendent.


Survey Office Melbourne

7th July 1841.

No. 41/85.

Sir.

I have to request you will without delay wait on his Honor the Superintendent for instructions

I have the honour to be +c

Sgd R. Hoddle

[ To: ] To. Assistant Surveyor.

Smythe.

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Survey Office Melbourne

8th. July 1841.

No 41/86.

Sir

I beg leave to enclose the accompanying letter from Mr. [ ?? ] and request your Honor’s Instructions on the subject.

I have the honor to be +c.

sgd. R. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To. His Honor

The Superintendent.


Survey Office Melbourne

8th. July 1841.

No 41/87.

Sir

In attention to a minute from His Honor the Superintendent of this date I have to inform you that no reservation of the one Hundred feet of high water mark is to be made. You will accordingly make no reservation in the measurement of the Survey you are now employed on.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd Rt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

Mr. Draftsman Nutt.


Survey Office Melbourne

12. July 1841.

No 41/88.

Sir

In compliance with your requisition of the 19th. Ult. for articles of equipment +c I have to state that they are herewith forwarded.

I have the honor to be. +c

Sgd. R. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

Mr. Asst. Survr.

Townsend.

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Survey Office Melbourne

12th. July 1841.

No 41/89.

Sir

In attention to instructions received by His Honor the Superintendent from the Colonial Secretary dated 24th. Ultimo No. 41/322. I have to inform you that no reservation of the one hundred feet from high water mark is to be made in future Surveys.

I have the honor to be. +c

Sgd. Robt Hoddle

[ To: ] To.

Assistan Surveyor.

Townsend.


Survey Office Melbourne

12th. July 1841.

No 41/90.

Sir

I have the honor to enclose requisition for men and articles of equipment necessary for this branch of your Department and to urge upon you the necessity of the requisition being complied with at your earliest convenience

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne.

21st. July. 1841.

No 41/91.

Sir

In reference to your letter No 41/208 dated 1st July referring to my letter of the 1st. June in which I stated that I had more confidence in Mr. Smythe’s Survey of the Parish of Will Will. rook than in Mr. Mollison. In explanation I have to inform you that part of the Parish on Moonee Moonee Ponds was surveyed by Mr. Smythe. and sections No. 12 + 13 next to Merri Creek by me, and the whole of the remainder

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With respect to Mr. Mollison’s qualifications. The Plan and Field Book speak for themselves and I have [ ? only ] to add that he made more mistakes in calculating the area of his last Map. than I have ever met with in the most inexperienced person who arrogated to himself the title of Surveyor I have further to observe that I examined all the Surveys sent from this office and if I had the same trouble to correct them as I had with Mr. Mollison, my whole time would be taken up little to my satisfaction or benefit of the Public Service

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

2[ ? ]th. July. 1841.

No 41/92.

Sir

In acknowledging the receipt of your letter No. of 6th July 1841. directing me to mark out a village Reserve and Police Barracks with a paddock of 25 acres at the new cossing [ sic ] place I beg to apprize you that I have already received orders from His Honor the Superintendent to proceed to the Goulbourn and enclose you a copy of my instructions

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

No 41/93.

Sir

I have the honor to state that owing to the three Men named in the margin having obtained their tickets of leave three more in addition to the number named in my requisition No 41/90. of the 12 Inst are necessary

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for the efficiency of this branch of your Department.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

2nd. August 1841.

No 41/94.

Sir

I have the honor to transmit you an amended Description with the Plan of the land as now measured and selected by Mr. Henry Dendy as a Special Survey in compliance with your request as contained in letter No. 41/211 dated 6th July 1841.

I have the honor to be +c.

Sgd R. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


No 41/95.

Survey Office Melbourne.

2nd August 1841.

Sir

I have the honor to transmit you a Description and Plan of the land applied for by Mr. Hugh Jamieson as a Special Survey which has been recently measured.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd Robt Hoddle

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

22nd July. 1841.

No 41/96.

Sir

I have to request you will be pleased to go on with the Survey of the Goulbourne River from the New crossing place and make a plan of the ground adjacent to it to the extent of a mile in each direction shewing accurately the features The Survey of the River is to be continued to the old crossing place at Mitchell Town and Eastward from the new crossing place as far as you can travel before I join you which I expect to be in a few days Upon receipt of this

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letter you will despatch your Bullock Dray for three month’s provisions for yourself and party.

I have the honor to be +c.

Sgd R. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Assistant Surveyor.

Pickering


Survey Office Melbourne

4th August. 1841.

No 41/94 a.

Sir.

Thomas Nicholson the free Emigrant sanctioned by your Honor to be employed in this Office as a Messenger possessing no possible means of procuring clothing of any kind. he being on the lowest gratuity scale of 8d. per diem. I have to solicit your Honor ‘s sanction to the person in question being placed on the highest grade. and on the allowance of 1/9d per day.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To. His Honor

The Suprdnt.


Survey Office Melbourne.

5th August 1841.

No 41/97.

Sir

In reference to my letter of instruction to you dated 6th May No. 41/46. desiring you upon completing the Survey for determining a line of Road to Geelong. to mark a line of road to the Campaspe, and afterwards to make a Survey of that river and the Loddon with their Tributaries, with full directions for your guidance in the performance of these duties. I have to request that before commencing the Survey you will mark in as permanent a manner as possible the line of road to Geelong as shewn on your plan furnished me on the 3rd Inst. marking off at the

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points where it crosses the Werribie + Cocoroc Rivers and Limeburners Creek. or any other eligible place small portions calculated for present sale taking for your guidance the clauses in your general [ guidance – struck out ] instructions referring to small portions. You will then complete the unfinished streams in your present district. particularly Limeburner’s and Kororoit Creeks. marking in accordance with the Surveyor General’s instructions one series of sections only on each side of the Streams in such situations as the quality of the Soil would warrant for the double purpose of proving your work and affording portions for sale.

Upon completion of these duties in the absence of any other direction you will proceed to carry into effect the instructions conveyed in my letter No 41/46. already adverted to

[ To: ] Mr Asst Surveyor.

Darke.


Survey Office Melbourne.

9th. August 1841.

No 41/98.

Sir

I have to inform you that Mr. Manwaring Chitty has declined taking up the appointment of Contract Surveyor stating the reason, being from incapability to procure funds to meet the necessary equipment and further observing that he expected £300. would have covered the expense whereas double that sum would prove insufficient.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt Hoddle.

[ To: ] Major

Sir Thos Mitchell.


Survey Office Melbourne.

7. August. 1841

No 41/98. a.

Sir

In reply to your Honor’s minute

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of this date requesting to be forwarded with returns of the land disposed of under the New Regulations. I have the honor to forward them herewith. by which you will observe that [ blank ] acres have been disposed of by ordinary tenders and [ blank ] acres by Special Surveys making the total number of acres altogether disposed of. [ blank ] acres. I beg to enclose a list of the numbers of acres to be opened for selection on the 8th of Oct. next.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt Hoddle.

[ To: ] To. His Honor

The Suprtnt.


Survey Office Melbourne.

10th. August 1841

No 41/99.

Sir

I have been requested by His Honor the Superintendent to request that you will point out to the Contractor an eligible place for the erection of a police Barracks on the Goulbourne River if possible on high ground and overlooking the crossing place

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Rob. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Mr. Asst. Surv.

Pickering.


Survey Office Melbourne.

10th. August. 1841

No 41/100.

Sir

I herewith transmit a Plan of the Reserve marked at the new crossing place at the Goulbourne River also a Paddock for the Mounted Police. as directed in your letter No. 210. dated 6 July 1841. and from His Honor the Superintendent No. 41/726. 16. July a copy of which letter I have already transmitted which may explain the cause of a larger quantity of acres being marked out for the

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Mounted Police. than is directed in your letter.

I should observe that the grass is not as luxuriant as in many other part of this Colony. and it is likely a larger force of Police may be stationed in that neighbourhood than at present.

It is not improbable to surmise that a better line of Road may be found and therefore a Village Reserve may be premature at present I have worked out the outside boundary for your approval. The principal Cause of the present Road being used is from the facility afforded by a Punt and an Inn built at the crossing place. which is rarely fordable.

The Country is level and is contiguous to a high Range of Mountains which are not sufficiently known to warrant the answer that no good road may be found across them more direct to the Main Sydney Road.

I have instructed Mr. Pickering to Survey the Goulbourne River and its tributaries as far as the old crossing place and to survey upwards from the River as far as the Country appears eligible to be settled and afterwards to be connected with former Surveys of the Campaspe. which Mr. Pickering has not yet transmitted.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd Rob. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Major.

Sir Thos Mitchell.


Survey Office Melbourne.

10th. August. 1841

No 41/101.

Sir

I do myself the honor to forward you herewith Mr. Smythe’s Surveys in five sheets of [ ?? ].

Sheet No 1. 	Woady Yaloak. 	No 4. Yarra[ ? ]  [ ?Williamstown creek? ]
.       “	    2. 	Woady Yaloak.
.       “	    3 	Woady Yaloak and Little Woady Yaloak..
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Sheet No 5.	Road from D[ ?? ]’s Sheep Station to little Woady Yaloak.

[ To: ] Surr. General


Survey Office Melbourne.

12th. August. 1841

No. 41/102.

Sir

I take leave to herewith forward an application from Mr. Asst. Surveyor Townsend to fill the vacancy taken place by the removal of Mr. Dixon

I have the honor to state that during the period I have known him I have found him an attentive and zealous officer and I feel much pleasure in forwarding his application

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Rob Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surr. General


Survey Office Melbourne

Goulbourne River.

28th. July 1841.

No 41/103.

Sir

1st. You will be pleased trace the present line of Road from the New crossing place on the Goulbourne River to Stony Creek. noting all fences Stock yards, Stations on both sides the said track; water courses, Ponds the nature of the ground. and any thing that is remarkable.

2nd To trace the Goulbourne River as before directed to the old crossing place, upon completion of this duty to send a messenger to Melbourne with the Plan of it drawn upon the Scale of two Inches to a Mile.

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3rd To make a complete4 Survey of the tributary Creeks and Streams on both sides the Goulbourne River sites and names of all Stations with the description of Country adjoining, whether it is hilly level or fit for pasture or agriculture +c

Afterwards from the new crossing place to trace River Goulbourne as far as it appears fit for any useful purpose. and also the Creeks. Streams, Ponds. or permanent Waters on both sides. As the Survey proceeds to take bearings to all remarkable objects To survey all the large Swamps and Streams or morasses and to note everything that may be useful, to delineate the hills the whole to be on a scale of two Inches to a Mile. This duty is to be performed previous to returning to the Campaspe Country.

4. The Creek which empties itself near the New crossing place may be traced to its source near Mount Macedon Range. Which can be connected with your first Survey which I have not yet received.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Rob. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Assistant Surveyor.

Pickering.


Survey Office Melbourne

19th. August 1841.

No. 41/104.

Sir

In attention to your letter No. 41/203 of the 24th. Ultimo in which you desire to be forwarded with a Plan of the Parish of Bulleen as arranged since Mr Unwin’s [ ?selection? ] was taken out of it I have herewith the honor to forward one accordingly.

I have to state that owing to

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the detention of the Sydney Mail your letter to which I have adverted but yesterday came to hand.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Rob. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surveyor General

+c. +c. +c.


Survey Office Melbourne

No 41/105.

Sir.

With reference to your Honor’s minute of yesterday respecting Mr. Patterson’s request for a sketch of the lands for sale in Octr. next. I have the honor to state that it has been my practice to give every facility to persons applying for information at this Office and the only objection I can urge as to Mr. Patterson’s application are these. In the first place the smallness of the Office would prevent the course of the Public business. and in the next plan if erroneously sketched it would lead to much trouble. and annoyance but of course if competent persons be allowed to take thereto [ ? ] this last objection could be removed.

I have the honor to be +c

sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To. His Honor.

The Superdnt.


Survey Office Melbourne.

24th. August. 1841.

No. 41/106.

I do myself the honor to forward you herewith a plan of the Township of Geelong shewing the boundary as directed to be marked by his honor the Superintendent.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

Surr. General.

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Surv. Office Melbourne.

2nd. Sepr 1841.

No. 41/107.

I am directed by His Honor the Superintendent to request that you will complete the Plans sent to this office last July. which were different in the details required by your contract which see Section 9 and 10. The whole of the Filed Books of former Surveys are requested to be sent to this Office and the Field books to be written in Ink. and not left in pencil. I am informed that you are employing yourself in surveying lands at Indented Head. which is not immediately required. if such is the case I have to request you will be pleased to discontinue it. and to employ yourself agreeable to my instructions as contained in letter No 41/47. dated 6th May 1841.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To. Asst. Surveyor

Smythe.


Surv. Office Melbourne.

2nd. September 184[ 2 – struck out ].

No. 41/108.

Sir.

I am directed by the Surveyor General to inform you that your service as a Contract Surveyor will no longer be required as the work already transmitted has not been performed in a scientific and satisfactory manner

The Surr. Genl. in his letter No. 41/208. with reference to you states. “It is very deficient in his training and seems from the surveys which he has made to lack that direction and knowledge of business which would never produce such useless work as his Survey of Euroka”

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I have therefore to request you will without loss of time transmit the work performed in order that it may be examined, and that you will return the Men to the Survey Dept. at Melbourne under my Charge.

I have the honor to be +c.

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

Mr. Mollison


Surv. Office Melbourne

3 Septr. 1841.

No. 41/109.

Sir

With reference to your letter No. 41/223. dated 20 July 1841. respecting the transmission of the Govt Gazette I beg leave to state that no copy of the same has as yet been received and as it is of considerable importance that this branch of your Office should be regularly furnished with a copy I have taken the liberty of again calling your attention to the subject.

I have further to observe that on application at the Post Office it was stated that no copy had been directed either to myself or any other connected with this Office as you were led to infer as conveyed in your letter to which I have before alluded.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

Surv. General.


Sury. Office Melbourne

4th. Sepr. 1841.

No. 41/110.

Sir.

In accordance with instructions contained in the Depty. Surv. General’s letter No. 39/262 of 20th. May 1839. I do myself the honor to transmit for your information a Return of the sale of 3 allotments situated near the Wharf. which were sold by auction on 4th. Ultimo. I may take this opportunity of

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informing you that no land has been sold under the New regulations since that selected by Mr. Elgar as a special Survey on 1 May last.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surr. General.


Survey Office Melbourne.

10th. Septr. 1841

No. 41/111

Sir.

With reference to your Honor’s letter No. 41/1004 requesting me to ascertain from actual inspection whether there is free stone on land open for selection on 8th. of next Month.

Yesterday I repaired to the spot and found that the Quarry opened and worked by Mr. Macon the Contractor for the erection of Govt. Buildings is situated on Section No. 21. Parish of Doutta Galla.

I have been informed that free stone of good quality is to be found below the falls of the Yarra Yarra River convenient to water Conveyance. I shall lose no time in ascertaining the fact and communicate to your Honor the result of my enquiry and personal inspection

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To. His Honor

The Suprdnt.


Survey Office Melbourne.

10th. Septr. 1841.

No. 41/112.

Sir

With reference to your Honor’s Letter No. 41/1004. and my letter of this day’s date respecting the reservation of Lands where Free stone is found I have the honor to inform you that there is abundance of.

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Free stone of good quality opposite the Ford on the Yarra Yarra River and below it, distant by land about 2 ½ miles from Melbourne and close to the River where it might be conveyed in any quantity by lighters to the Settlement

I have the honor to be +c.

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To. His Honor.

The Superintendent.


Survey Office Melbourne.

12th. Septr. 1841.

No. 41/113.

Sir.

I beg leave to state that from the increase of business I have received many letters both from persons connected with this Dept. and also from individuals requiring information “On Her Majesty’s Service” yet bearing postage. and having been to considerable expense in meeting heretofore these postages I hope for the future you will kindly adopt measures as to exempt me from such charges.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surr General.


Survey Office Melbourne.

12th. Septr. 1841.

No. 41/114.

Sir

With reference to your Honor’s Minute respecting my signing a Certificate for. Mr. Mollison concerning the accuracy of his Survey of the River Hopkins and Lake Baloke, and referring to recent communications from Sydney I have the honor to inform you that although Mr. Mollison is not competent to sketch Ground and is but an indifferent Draftsman I find by plotting his Survey

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of Lake Boloke and the recent surveys of the Hopkins it is correct, and the drawing passable as he has employed a competent Draftsman to assist him. Under these circumstances I signed the certificate.

I have the honor to be +c

(Sgd.) Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] His Honor.

C. J. La Trobe Esqr.


Survey Office Melbourne

15th. Septr. 1841.

No. 41/115.

Sir.

I have the honor to draw your attention to letters No. 38/13 – 38/103 and 38/126 respecting the necessity of a Supply of instruments and I beg leave to request that at the earliest convenience two new circumferenters may be forwarded to this branch of your Dept. I have to observe that the instruments now in use are very inferior and furthermore owing to accidents happening on two different occasions with the instruments of one of the Surveyors in the field he was obliged to return to Melbourne and there to wait until the instrument had undergone the necessary repairs thus losing his services for a considerable period

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surr. General.


Survey Office Melbourne

15th. Septr. 1841.

No. 41/116.

Sir.

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter No. 41/269 respecting the transmission of a Plan of the Town of Geelong. and in reply I have to state, that a Plan of the same I forwarded to your address

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on the 24th Ultimo.

I have the honor to be. +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surr. General.


Survey Office Melbourne.

17th. Septr. 1841.

No. 41/117.

Sir

I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 12th. Inst and in reply have to state that you have misconstrued my letter No 41/107 in that I have not stated that your plans were erroneous but simply “different in detail as required by your contract” and I have to remark, that several of your plans are very naked they should be so drawn as to admit of enquirers readily arriving at a right conclusion as to the country, and I must again draw your attention to sections 9 and 10 of your instructions

I have to remark that had I followed the advice of His Honor the Suprdnt. I should have sent for you on the present account.

I have the honor to be +c

(Sgd) Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

H. W. H. Smythe Esqr.


17th. Septr. 1841.

Survey Office Melbourne

No. 41/118.

Sir

I have the honor to forward Plans and Descriptions of Mr. Mollisons Survey of the River Hopkins and Lake Boloke and at the same time a copy of my letter in reply to His Honor the Superintendent’s minute relative to my certificate of. Mr. Mollison’s work

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

+c +c +c

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No 41/119. A of 18 Sept 1841 was omitted here but is entered at page 305.

295.

Survey Office Melbourne.

22nd Septr. 1841.

No. 41/119. B.

Sir

I have to request you will be more regular in attendance to the office hours of vizt. from 10. until 4. o’clock daily in order that any Returns that may be required be not in arrears.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Mr. D. G. McArthur

Senior Clark. to. Survey Office.


Survey Office Melbourne.

22nd Septr. 1841.

No. 41/120.

Sir.

I have the honor to forward. a copy of a circular addressed to me from the Surveyor General. the particulars of which you will abide by.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] to

Asst. Surveyor

Pickering.


Copy of above sent to Messrs Darke. Smythe Asst. Surveyors Townsend – Nutt and G. Smyth.

Vizt No 41/121 – 122. 123. 124 and 125.


Survey Office Melbourne.

22nd Septr. 1841.

No. 41/127.

Sir.

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter No. 41/270. and beg leave to enclose you a copy of a letter No. 41/117 to convince you that I have not been unmindful of your wishes on the subject as a Map

should

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should afford every information to the Public.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surr General.


Surv General’sOffice

20th. Septr. 1841.

No. 41/128.

Sir.

I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 30th. Ultimo respecting the 3 Men made over to you by Mr. Chitty and in reply I have to state that when a convenient opportunity offers itself. they might be transferred over but in the mean time I hope you will find them employment. A list of articles of equipment is herewith forwarded.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Asst. Surr Townsend.


Surv. Office Melbourne.

4th. Oct 1841.

No. 41/129.

Sir.

I beg leave to state Mr. Asst. Surveyor Townsend has requested me to apply on his account for the usual increase I have to state that during the period I have known him I have found him a steady and zealous officer.

I have the honor to be Sir

your most obdt. Serv.

Sgd. R. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surv. General.


Surv. Office Melbourne.

4th. Octr. 1841.

No. 41/131.

Sir

I have the honor to forward [ 12 – struck out ] 6 shts of Medium Drawing Paper as required by

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you.


I have the honor to be

Sir

your obdnt. Servt.

Sgd Rob. Hoddle.


Surv. Office Melbourne.

4th. Octr. 1841.

No. 41/132.

Sir.

I beg leave to intimate that your request for increase of salary has been complied with by the Surveyor General.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Rob. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Asst. Surr Kennedy.


Surv. Office Melbourne

12th. Octr. 1841.

No. 41/133.

Sir.

I herewith forward you a copy of the Surv. Genl’s Circular No 41/205. dated 28th. June intimating that it is the instruction of His Excellency the Governor that at the beginning of next year the officers of the Surveyor General’s Department are to receive their Equipment at a valuation and to receive £100 per annum afterwards to keep them in a state of efficiency I have therefore to request that at that time you will be prepared . to carry into effect these instructions.

I have the honor to be +c

(Sgd.) Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Asst.

Copies sent to

Messrs.

Nutt.

Pickering.


Surv Office Melbourne.

14. Oct. 1841.

No. 41/134.

Sir.

In attention to your letter No. 41/311. requiring a statement of the Men in this branch

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of your Department I have the honor herewith to forward a list of the same.


I have the honor to be +c

(Sgd.) Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Major. Sir Thos Mitchell

+c -- --


Survey Office Melbourne

16th Oct. 1841.

No. 41/135.

Sir

In reference to your Honor’s Minute of this Morning respecting the employment of Mr. Tracey, I have the honor to inform you that I have perused the Testimonials and they appear satisfactory. He states that he has been employed in the Survey in Ireland, but he has not produced any certificate that he has been so employed. I am not aware there is any vacancy in the Department and Mr. Tracey has not the means to procure the necessary outfit as a Contract Surveyor

[ To: ] His Honor

The Superintendent.


Survey Office Melbourne

16th Oct. 1841.

No. 41/136.

Sir,

I have the honor to request that this office may be furnished with a copy of the regulations and terms of agreement which are necessary for a contract Surveyor to enter into , there having been none hitherto furnished to this Department.

I have the honor to be. +c

(Sgd.) Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To.

Major Sir Thos Mitchell.

+c -- --


Surv. Office Melbourne

26th Oct. 1841.

No. 41/137.

Sir.

In reply to your letter of the 16th. Inst. respecting a certificate for the increase of your salary. I beg leave to forward a true

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copy of the Surveyor General’s letter relative to the same.

I have the honor to be. +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Asst. Surveyor

Kennedy.


Survey Office Melbourne

4th Novr. 1841.

No. 41/138.

Sir.

It is with regret I have to inform you that there is much reliance to be placed in the rumour of the Ship “Rover” having been wrecked. the vessel by which you state in your letter No 41 274 to have forwarded seven Govt. Men for this Branch of your Dept. also the articles of equipment for which I made a requisition

I beg leave to state that I have not a man available, and am therefore in much need both of the Men and articles of equipment I have therefore to request the same may be furnished by an early opportunity.

At the instance of Mr. G. Smythe the contract Surveyor I have the honor to notice that he is unable to proceed with his work from the fewness of his Men.

I have the honor to be. +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To. Major.

Sir Thos Mitchell

+c -- --


Survey Office Melbourne

5th Novr. 1841.

No. 41/139.

Sir

I beg leave to recall your attention to my letter No. 41/93 of July last relative to 3 Govt. Men attached to my party having obtained their tickets of leave and requesting they may be replaced. I have further to add that one of Mr. Asst. Surveyor Pickering’s Men was drowned. one attached to Mr. Chitty’s party was lost in the woods and the third attached to Mr Contract

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Surveyor. Darke has been sentenced to the Iron Gang. I have therefore to request that six More Men may be sent to replace them.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Major Sir Thos Mitchell

+c -- --


Surv. Office Melbourne

10th Nov 1841.

No. 41/140.

Sir

I have the honor to forward a copy of the Return of Lands applied for under the Regulations of 1st. March 1841. from the 8th. Oct. to 31st. 1841.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Major Sir Thos Mitchell

+c -- --


Surv. Office Melbourne

10th Nov. 1841.

No. 41/141.

Sir

I have the honor to enclose you a description of the Town of Geelong as required by your letter No. 41/351 referring to letter No. 41/209.

I have communicated with His Honor the Suprdnt. who states the footways are to be of the same width as usual.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To. Major.

Sir Thos Mitchell

Description of Geelong.

Parish of ----- Bounded on the North by the Continuation of the Southern boundary of the Parish of Moorpanyal being in a line bearing East 4 chains and fifty links, and by Corio Bay, being exactly two Miles in width. On the East by a Section line bearing South ( 247 ) Two hundred and forty seven chains. On the South by the

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Barwon River and by Warrian Chain of Ponds. And on the West by the Parish Boundary line of Barrabool and Moorpanyal, being a line bearing North 319. chains:


Survey Office Melbourne

10th Novr. 1841.

No. 41/142.

Sir

I have to apprize your Honor that Mr. McArthur Clerk in this branch of the Survey Dept commenced his leave of absence for a Month from yesterday.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To. His Honor.

The Superintendent.


Survey Office Melbourne

15th Novr. 1841.

No. 41/143.

Sir.

With reference to your circular No 41/205 dated 28th. June informing me that His Excly. the Govr. having intimated to you in Colonial Secretary’s Letter No. 41/314 decided that the Officers of this Dept. shall at the beginning of the year 1842 receive their [ their – struck out ] Equipment at a valuation to be deducted by quarterly payment from their salaries and be allowed ever after the sum of £100 per annum to Keep their equipment in an efficient state. I trust that before such an arrangement takes place, that I may be permitted to state the impossibility of carrying on the duties required in this distant part of the colony with so small an allowance of £100 per annum to find the means of transport, clerical stores slop clothing for men and the common articles of drawing, writing, stationery – The Article of clothing alone will cost here at least £80 per annum and I consider to cover risk and the common interest of money for payment of a complete

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Surveyor’s equipment and to cover the common wear and tear, casualties +c he should not receive less than £200 per annum which amounts to £280 per annum. If this arrangement is persisted in it will leave the Asst. Surveyor who has now £200 an increase of about £50 provided he sustains no loss by the death of his cattle, Break down of his dray +c under these circumstances I trust you will be pleased to recommend to his Excly. that this arrangement will not take place at Port. Phillip and the present Plan be continued.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To. Major.

Sir Thos. Mitchell.


Survey Office Melbourne.

15th Novr. 1841.

No. 41/144.

Sir.

I have the honor to forward a plan and description of the Land appropriated for public Markets in the Town of North Melbourne, Parish of Melbourne

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] To His Honor.

The Superdnt.


Survey Office Melbourne

17th Novr. 1841.

No. 41/145.

Sir.

I have the honour to transmit Two Plans being a Survey from the Mouth of Tangenong Creek in the harbour of Port Phillip to Western port along the Coast shewing the internal features by Mr G. D. Smythe contractor,

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt Hoddle

[ To: ] The Surveyor General

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Survey Office

Melbourne 17th November 1841.

No. 41/146

Sir

I have to request you will be pleased to proceed to the Goulbourn river for the purpose of Surveying it to its source in the Mountains you will first commence to Survey the Chain of Ponds or Creek from Rutledge Special Survey on the Sydney Road to its junction and there connect it with Mr Pickering’s Survey of that River at the old or new crossing place you are to survey all the Creeks on the South Side of the Goulbourne River from Jamiesons creek upwards as far as you can cross with your dray and Party returning again on the River, and take note also where large Branches empty themselves on the north side of the River also to intercept and take angles to ascertain the different widths of the River you are to observe every particular that is usual in Surveying and more particularly attend’g to the following particular --- Your plan should shew the features of the Ground and also to distinguish by the usual Methods or by colouring the heavily or lightly timbered country, the extent of bush or swamps, flats whether they are alluvial or otherwise – Descriptions of Timber whether the forest land consist of Sands. gravelling or clayey soil, whether the Water is fresh brackish or Salt and if fresh whether it is permanent or [ not – struck out ] in holes likely to dry up, the velocity of the Streams nature of the Baulks the quality of the subjacent Rock whether of Sandstone trap granity or limestone

I have the honor to be +c

Sigd. Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] Mr. Nutt

Draftsman


Survey Office 1 Decr. 1841.

41/147.

Sir

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter No 41/372 dated 11th Ulto. respecting the progress of Messrs. Assistant Surveyors Townsend and Pickering and referring to letter No 41/94. The monthly report of these Gentlemen I herewith transmit, and beg to inform you that I am promised by Mr. Pickering his Maps to be completed of Some portion of the Goulbourn River and the Campaspe which is to be corrected without loss of time by Mr. Pickering.

[ To: ] The Surveyor General.

The Goulbourne and its tributaries on the South side

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is now commenced by Mr Nutt

Mr. Townsend is at present engaged drawing his Fair map of Corner Inlet which I expect will be forwarded in about a month --- From the nature of the Country and the extreme unsettled State of the weather in a moist climate I am perfectly satisfies me that Mr. Townsend has used his utmost exertion had a less experienced Surveyor have been sent the result I fear would not have been so successful his map will speak for itself --- I cannot help observing that I have felt a delicacy of interfering with Mr. Townsend as you have been pleased to Send him his instructions without my being acquainted with the tenor of them.

I have the honor to be +c

Sgd. Robt Hoddle.

[ To: ] Major.

Sir Thomas Mitchell

+c -- -


Survey Office Melbourne.

1st. Decr. 1841.

No. 41/148.

Sir

I have the honor to forward a [ plan – struck out ] return of the Land sold under regulation 1st. March 1841. between 1st. Novr.1841 and 30th. of the same month.

I have the honor to be. +c

Sgd. Robt. Hoddle.

[ To: ] Major.

Sir Thos. Mitchell.

[ Margin annotation ] Return of Lands

Selected under

Regulations of March

1 and 30 Inst.


Survey Office Melbourne.

9th. December. 1841.

No. 41/149.

Sir.

With reference to your letter No 41/396 requesting to informed at what rate I could hire single free men to be employed instead of Convicts in this branch of the Dept. I have the honor to inform you that single men might be hired from £25 to £30 per an. with rations. but for no longer periods than from 6 to 12 months. I fear that when their services would be required at distant places such as Corner Inlet and the proposed journey to Monaro Plains there would be few be found anxious to engage in such employment, and emigrants I fear would as readily abscond as convicts.

I have +c sd R. H.

Surveyor General.

[ Margin annotation: ] Free men for

surveying parties.

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Survey Office Melbourne

18th September 1841.

No. 41/119.

Sir.

I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 30th. Ultimo respecting the three men made over to your party by Mr. Chitty In reply I have to request that you will give them employment until a convenient opportunity offers for their being transferred.

A list of articles of equipment is herewith forwarded according to your requisition with the exception of the lamp black which is not procurable in Melbourne.

I have +c

signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] Asst Sur. Townsend.

[ Margin annotation: ] Mr Chittys party.

[ Margin annotation: ] This letter should have been entered at p 295


Survey Office Melbourne

10th December 1841.

No. 41/150.

Sir.

I beg leave to enclose your Honor a Copy of Mr. Atkinson’s resignation and have the honor to observe that from the Clerical business of this office not being at present on the increase I do not consider it necessary to fill up the vacancy as I feel confident the duties can be carried on with the means at present at my disposal.

I have the honor to be. +c.

signed Robert Hoddle. Sur.

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr.

+c +c. +c

[ Margin annotation: ] Mr Atkinson’s resignation.



Survey Office Melbourne

10th December 1841.

No. 41/151.

Sir.

I have the honor to enclose you a

letter

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a letter tendering the resignation of Mr. Atkinson and I beg leave to inform you that I think it unnecessary to fill up that appointment as my present Clerical means are sufficient to carry on the duties.

Mr. Atkinson has performed the duties satisfactorily.

I have +c

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Major Sir T L Mitchell

Surveyor General

[ Margin annotation: ] Mr Atkinson’s resignation.


Survey Office Melbourne

13 December 1841.

No. 41/152.

Sir.

I have to request that you will immediately upon your arrival at the Goulbourn River, mark off a paddock of about 100 acres for the Mounted Police to include the Barracks now erected and transmit a plan of the same without loss of time.

I have +_c.

signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Asst. Sur: Pickering.

[ Margin annotation: ] Mounted. Police. Paddock

Goulbourn River.


Survey Office Melbourne

13 December 1841.

No. 41/153.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose for your Honor’s information, th Copy of a letter I have received from the Surveyor General upon the subject of employing free men on Surveying Parties

I also enclose a Copy of the reply I transmitted to the Surveyor General.

I have +c.

signed R Hoddle Surveyor

[ To: ] His Honor C J Latrobe Esqr

Superintendent.

[ Margin annotation: ] No 41/396

22 Novr 1841.


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Memorandum for His Honor C. J. Latrobe Esqr Superintendent on the subject of employing Free men in the Survey Department instead of Convicts.

I am convinced that free men would not enter the Department unless they receive high wages and greater rations than are allowed to Convicts.

In difficult situations they would abscond, and more difficulty would be encountered to punish or commit them than with convicts

signed, Robert Hoddle

Surveyor

[ From: ] Survey Office Melbourne

13th December 1841.

[ Margin annotation: ] Free men.


Survey Office Melbourne

14 December 1841.

No 41/154

Sir.

I shall feel obliged by your forming one of a Board tomorrow at 3, for the purpose of investigating the cause of the burning of part of Mr. Assistant Surveyor Pickering’s equipment.

The Board to meet at this office.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle. Surveyor.

[ To: ] Major St John. P. M.

James Rattenbury Esqr.

R. S. Webb Esqr.


Survey Office Melbourne 24 Decr 1841.

No 41/155

Sir.

In drawing your attention to you Circular No 41/205 I have to request the favor of being informed of the following particulars in accordance with your Instructions

1st. What proportion of the value of the Equipment to be deducted from each Individual quarterly.

2d. What is to be done with the remainder

of

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of the Stores after the officers have taken what they required?

3d. How is the office and office keeper to be supplied with wood and water.

4th. What allowance is to be made for Stationery +c. for the Land Office. and Drawing paper for the Survey Office.

I have +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle. Surveyor.

[ To: ] The Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

23 December 1841.

No 41/156.

Sir.

I herewith transmit the Survey of Mr. Assistant Surveyor Pickering in the neighbourhood of the Goulbourn River which he has recently completed, being the whole produce of his Surveys during the time he joined this Branch of your department, with the exception of about twenty miles surveyed by him on the Campaspe river.

Herewith are also transmitted Mr. Assistant Surveyor Townsends Map and Report of Corner Inlet.

I have the honor to be.

Sir.

Your most obedient servant

signed, Robert Hoddle. Surveyor.

[ To: ] The Surveyor General


Survey Office Melbourne

28 Decr 1841

No 41/157.

Sir

I do myself the honor to inform you that I forwarded per Sea Horse, Steamer which left this yesterday, Mr. Townsend’s Survey of Corner Inlet and Mr. Pickering’s of the Goulbourn River

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle, Surveyor

[ To: ] The Surveyor General

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Survey Office Melbourne

30. December 1841.

No 41/158

Sir

I do myself the honor to enclose you herewith a return of all the lands selected between the 1st and 30 November 1841 in accordance with the Regulations of 21 January 1841.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Surveyor.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

30 December 1841.

No 41/159

Sir.

I do myself the honor of enclosing you a letter from Assistant Surveyor Pickering reporting the burning of part of his Equipment. I forward also a List of the Articles destroyed together with the report of the Board, which sat for the purpose of enquiring into the origin of the burning, by which it appears that it was purely accidental

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle. Surveyor.

[ To: ] Major Sir T. L. Mitchell

Surveyor General


Survey Office Melbourne

30th. December 1841.

No 41/160

Sir.

In compliance with the Instructions contained in your Circular letters No 41/205 dated 5 June and subsequent letter No 41/417 of 9 July [ ? ]. I do myself the honor to enclose you. a List of my equipment. with Mr. Pickerings and Mr. Nutts as valued by a Board consisting of Major St. John. P.M. R.S. Webb Esqr. Col of Cus and F. A. Powlett Com. of Crown Lands at the undermentioned rates vizt

My own Equipment £120. 6/6 Mr. Pickerings £142. 3/. and Mr. Nutts £115. 10/.

I have =c.

signed. Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General

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310.

Survey Office Melbourne 2d. January 1842.

No 42/1.

Sir.

With reference to my latter No 41/155 dated 24 December 1841. I do myself the honor to enclose you herewith a Return of the Articles in Stores here together with the Report of the Board as to their quality.

I have the honor to be +c. signed. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surveyor General


Survey Office Melbourne 3d. January 1842.

No 42/2.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose you herewith. Return of the Sale by Auction of Town Allotments at North Geelong held here on Wednesday the 1st. Decr. 1841 in terms of the Gov. Regul of 1st Augt 1831.

I have the honor to be +c. Signed. Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] Surveyor General


Survey Office Melbourne 6th Jany. 1842.

No 42/3.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose you herewith. a Plan and Description of the Ten acres of Land which I have caused to be marked out for a Cattle Market in accordance with your honor’s Instructions to me dated 4 Instant.

I have. +c.

signed Robert Hoddle. Sureyor

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr


6th. Jany. 1842.

No 42/4.

to G. T. Lloyd, See Individual Letter Book


Survey Office Melbourne

6th January 1842

No 42/5.

Sir.

I have to request that you will remark, without loss of time the boundaries of the allotments, and Town Boundary of Geelong.

I have the honor to be. +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur

[ To: ] Asst Sur: Smythe

Contractor


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Survey Office Melbourne

10th January 1842.

No 42/6.

Sir.

Having been applied to by Assistant Surveyor Smythe Contractor for a recommendation for an advance on his Surveys and having inspected such portions of his rough planning as are completed and examined his field Books I find from the former that he has planned upwards of 200 miles and conceive that an advance of 75 per cent on that amount might be made to him to enable him to pay the expenses contingent on the Survey for the last six months.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle. Sur.

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr

+c. +c. +c.


Survey Office Melbourne

10th January 1842.

No 42/7.

Sir.

With reference to my letter No 42/5 dated. 6 Instant I beg to forward you a plan shewing the boundaries and Town of Geelong in order that you may experience no difficulty in carrying the instructions referred to above into effect

I have +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle, Surveyor

[ To: ] Asst Sur Smythe


Survey Office Melbourne

12 January 1842.

No 42/8.

Similar. letter to No 42/6 in favor of Mr. Darke he having planned as stated in the letter upward of 400 Miles

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132 January 1842.

No 42/9.

Sir.

With reference to your Honor’s memorandum of this morning requesting to be furnished with the number of men attached to each Surveying Party and also the number of men [ attached to – struck out ] each Contract Surveyor is really entitled to. in reply I beg to give your Honor the following information. viz

My own Party						none.
Mr Townsend’s do				           7
in addition to which the 3 men 
forwarded to Corner Inlet have for the 
present been attached to Mr Townsend.	      3	     10
 Mr Darkes						  7
“ H. W. H. Smythe					  6
“ George Smythe					  1
“ B Mollison						  4
“ Nutt							  7
Overseer of Stock.					  1
Hut Keeper. 						  1
. 							37

The terms of the Contract as notified in the Government Gazette of 1839, proposed to allow only four men to each Contractor but Messre. Darke and Smythe having at the time of accepting the Contracts been I possession of 7 men each, as Asst. Sur, and they having represented to the Surveyor General I was directed to furnish them with their original party

These two gentlemen, I may further add, are always liable to be sent on duty on their old footing, it was probably thought desirable under these circumstances that they should retain the same party as would in that case be indespensible.

I have +c

signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr.

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Survey Office Melbourne.

14 January 1842.

No 42/10.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to forward to you a plan and Description of a Road which has been marked from the Merri Creek to the village Reserve on the Yarra Rivulet. parish of Yan Yean.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surveyor General

[ Margin annotation: ] The plan was forwarded by ‘Sea Horse’ which sailed 15th. January 1842.


Survey Office Melbourne

21 January 1842.

No 42/11.

Sir

I herewith transmit a Plan shewing the Situations of the Markets as marked out by desire of His Honor the Superintendent, with Descriptions of the same.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

21 January 1842.

No 42/12.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to forward to Plans of the River Hopkins as surveyed by Mr. Mollison which terminates his contract. vizt ( 183 miles, )

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] The Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

25 January 1842.

No 42/13.

Sir.

In reply to your letter No 42/21 informing me that you had not received

Mr.

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Mr. Townsend’s survey of Corner Inlet and Mr. Pickering’s of the Goulbourn River I beg to state that I immediately caused enquiry to be made at the Post Offices ( through which the Packet in question was forwarded ) when the Post Master reports as follows

“The Package was too long to be put into the Mail bag and placed by the side of the window to go loose with the Mail but was overlooked in the hurry of despatching the Mail per Sea Horse but forwarded by the first sail Mail afterwards.”

signed D Kelsh “

P Mastr.

I may further state that Mr. Kelsh is not certain by what vessel he forwarded the packet but thinks it was by the “Emma” I trust by this time you have received them safe as I am very anxious about them.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne 26 Jany. 1842

No 42/14.

Sir.

With reference to your Honor’s minute of this day respecting the application of Captn. Fyans to have a Police station marked out alongside of Mr Scott’s station at Pirron Yaloke the best way to prevent loss of time would be for Captn. Fyans to erect his buildings on the spot he wishes and when Mr. Asst Surveyor Smythe is surveying in the neighbourhood he can then mark out the boundaries of the Section applied for.

I have +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr


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Survey Office Melbourne

27 January 1842.

No 42/15.

Sir.

Captn Fyans having applied to His Honor Mr. Latrobe to have a section of Land marked oiut for the Border Police in Pirron Yaloke adjoining Mr. Scott’s station I have to request that when you are Surveying in that quarter you will mark out the section in question and transmit to me as usual a plan and description. You had better communicate with Captn. Fyans. who in the meantime to prevent his suffering from delay. can erect his buildings on the spot he may think proper to select and which you can afterwards mark out

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] H. W. H. Smythe Esqr.

Asst Sur.


Survey Office Melbourne

1 February 1842.

No 42/16.

Sir.

I have to report for your Honor’s information that Mr. Mollison late Contract Surveyor. received on the 2 Sept. 1841 an intimation that his services would no longer be required at the expiration of 3 months and was directed to return the Government Men assigned to him for the purpose of enabling him to perform the Contract. Mr. Mollison sent in his plans on the 20 Jany. but the men have not been returned.

I do myself the honor to request your Honor will be pleased to cause the Police Magistrate to direct that the men be returned to the Dept.

I have +c.

signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr.

+c. +c. +c.


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Survey Office Melbourne 31 Jany. 1842.

No 42/17.

Sir.

In accordance with the request contained in your letter No 42/ I do myself the honor to enclose you a Receipt for plans of the Hopkins River as surveyed by Mr. C. Mollison, Contract Surveyor. Hitherto Mr. Kelsh the Postmaster, through whom all plans are forwarded to you, refused to grant receipts but in future, this will not be the case as His Honor Mr. Latrobe has ordered him to comply with our wish.

I have +c. signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne 1 Feby. 1842.

No 42/18.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose you a Return of the land selected under the Regulations of 21 Jany 1841 between the 1st and 31st of Jany. 1842. I may remark that this is all the land selected since Novr. last a Return of which was duly forwarded.

I have +c. signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

3 February 1842.

No 42/19.

Sir.

In obedience to the Instructions contained in your letter No 42/ I do myself the honor to forward you, without loss of time, the return required.

With regard to the Portland District I regret that I cannot give you the information required as the plans +c. are not sent through this office.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General


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[ First part of Table – Columns 1 to 7 ]

Surveyors							
Name of persons				      Date of		By whom
belonging to 		Description		Appoint		appointed	Salary		Allow		Remarks
Survey Department				ment						ance
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Robert Hoddle		Surveyor		1823		Sir T Buchanan	£400				In Charge
C. J. Tyers.		   do					Sir G Gipps					Portland Distr	
T. L. Townsend		Asst. Surveyor.		1836		Sir R Bourke	£300				Under orders to
.														return to Head	
 . 														Quarters.
W. W. Darke		  do			1836		   do						Surveying by
.		 												Contract
H. W. H. Smythe	        do			1837		  do						  do
E. B. Kennedy.		  do					  Sir G. Gipps	£220				Portland Distt
William Pickering	  do			1841		  do		£200				Employed on
.														General Survey 	
T. H. Nutt		Draftsman				  do		£180				Employed as
.														Asst Surveyor

W. H. Buckley		  do			1841		  do		£150				At Melbourne
Don G. McArthur      	Clerk			1836		S R Bourke	£180				  do
G Smythe		Contract Surveyor	1840		Sr G Gipps					Surveying Coast
C Mollison		  do			1841		  do						His services
.														now dispensed
.														with.

[ Text ( vertical ) in column 6 ]

Rations and forage when employed in the Field


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.			Surveys
Name of persons	State the 		State the	Fixed		Contingent			State what	State the	State the 				
belonging to 		Number of		gross amount	Expenditure 	Expenditure	Total		Amount of	quantity 	average
Survey Department	Labourers employed	paid to		of the 		of the Surv	Expenditure	Expenditure	of Land 		cost of
.			in Survey Department	them in		Survey						defrayed out	Surveyed 	Surveys	
.			during past year.	Wages.		Department					of the Reserve	in the past 	per acre
.														from fixed fund.year
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Robert Hoddle			2														1 1/2
C. J. Tyers			7 														per acre
T. L. Townsend			7														or
W. W. Darke			7														30/
H. W. H. Smythe      		6														per mile
E. B. Kennedy.			---														linear
William Pickering		7														measurement
T. H. Nutt			7
W. H. Buckley		
Don G. McArthur
G Smythe			1
C Mollison			4
.				48		£36.10/-     	£1639 1.10	£6381.8.1 	£8020.9.11   			271 675 acres
.																2560 miles linear measurement

[ Third part of Table – column 17 ( vertical text ) ]

With the exception of a Messenger at 8d.per diem with Rations, the Labourers are Convicts under various sentences. 3 of whom as [  ?? ] also receive 8d. per diem and included in Fixed Expenditure.

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Return of Land Reserved, Sold and Granted during the Year 1841.

[ First part of Table – columns 1 to 9 ]

.    1		    2		   3		   4		   5		   6		   7		   8		   9

Number of	Size of		Price of 	[ ?? ]		Amount 	Amount 	Total		State 		Amount
Town and	Town and	Town and	[?? ] of		of		of		amount		Generally 	of remissions
Suburban	Suburban	Subn. Allts.	Town and	Purchase	Purchase	of		the purpose	to officers
Allotments	Allotments	if fixed		Sub all if	Money		Money		purchase	to which	of the
Sold and	if fixed				sold by		received in	remaining	money.		the Money	Army + Navy
farm [ ?? ]					auction		the Colony	due				received
.														has been
.														applied.


Town All 13.	Blank				£309.18/.	Paid into			£4028.15/.	Blank		£1400
Suburban Allt.							Treasury
Farm lands.					£1 per acre.	£66,399.2.0			59551.0.0


[ Second part of Table – Columns 10 to 18 ]

 .   10		   11		   12		   13		    14					   15		   16		   17		18
Amount of	Amount 	State the			Free grants				Estimated	Estimated	Total		Remarks
remissions	of other	Names of all			( if any )				Amount	amount		number
to officers	remissions	Parties to whom		Grantee’s	no of 	For what	of waste	proportion	of acres
of the 		( if any )	remission has			names		acres	reason		Land		of waste	of waste
E I. C. S.	and state	been granted						made		remaining	land		land
.		for what												available	surveyed
.		purpose												for [ ?? ]
.		made
£200		6.345		Major F. J. Webb	300										271.673 acres
.		English		Major St. John.		300	Blank		Blank							of land
. 		[ ?? ] 		Captn. G. D. Smythe	150										2. 560 miles
.				En. Atkinson		150										[ ?? ] etc
.				Lieut Chamberlain	100
.				Captn J. Reid		200
.				Surgeon O. Pines.R.N. 	200
.				Captn. O. Poole E I.C.S.	200
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[ Margin annotation: ] No 42/20

Individual Book.

Survey Office Melbourne

5th. February 1842.

No 42/21.

Sir.

Your Contract having ceased I have to request that you will be pleased, without further delay, to return to this office, the government men which were assigned to you during the continuance of your Contract.


I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle. Sur:

[ To: ] C Mollison Esqr.


Survey Office Melbourne

5 February 1842.

No 42/22.

Sir.

As Mr. Draftsman Nutt has left incomplete certain instructions I request you will be pleased to finish them before you leave the neighbourhood of the Goulbourn River which is to be traced up to its source in the mountains to be afterwards surveyed to its junction with the Campaspe River. You are to survey all the Creeks on the South side of the Goulbourn River upwards and afterwards return and connect your Survey with the Campaspe River, Mount Macedon Range +c. and take note also where large branches empty themselves on the North Side of the River Goulbourn also to intersect and take angles to ascertain the different widths of the River you are to observe every particular that is usual in surveying and more particularly attending to the following. Your plan should shew the features of the ground and also to distinguish by the usual methods or by colouring the heavily or lightly timbered country the extent of bush or swamps, flats whether they are alluvial or otherwise. Description of timber whether the forest land consists of sand gravel or clayey soil, whether the water is fresh, brackish or

salt

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salt, and if fresh whether it is permanent or in holes to dry up, the velocity of the streams, nature of the banks the quality of the subjacent Rock whether of sand stone, trap granite or limestone.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle. Surveyor.

[ To: ] Assistant Surveyor Pickering


Survey Office Melbourne

9 February 1842.

No 42/23.

Sir.

With reference to your letter dated 27 Ultimo acknowledging the receipt of Mr. Pickerings plans and expressing your approbation of the same and directing me to keep in view the Surveys of the Swampy, Kings and Ovens Rivers. I have the honor to inform you that I had, previously to the receipt of your letter, directed Mr. Pickering to trace the Goulbourn towards its Source, the Creeks on the South Side of it, and afterwards to connect the Goulbourn with the Survey of the Campaspe.

I should observe that I consider the number of men and equipment as now allowed inadequate for carrying on Surveys in such remote parts of the country and whenever the Surveys are required to be performed I am requested by His Honor to apply to you for adequate supplies which cannot be obtained here except at considerable expense which the Superintendent stated he is not disposed to incur.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle

Surveyor.

[ To: ] Surveyor General


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[ Margin annotation: ] The Instructions have been Cancelled. per No 42/26 As Darke.

[ Overwritten in red: ] Cancelled

Cancelled

Survey Office Melbourne

14 February 1842.

No 42/24.

Sir.

As you have returned from the Goulbourn River without completing it I have instructed Mr. Assistant Surveyor Pickering to finish it. I have to request you will furnish me with Plans of what you have already surveyed and then proceed to complete the Survey of the Yarra Yarra River instructions for which were furnished you in my letter No 39/27 dated 17 April 1839. I have to request you will lose no time in setting about it taking with you Pack Saddles and at least two months provisions. As you will be unable to proceed with the Dray much further that Mr. Ryrie’s station you had better form a depot there and take Pack [ Saddles – struck out ] Bullocks with as little baggage and lumber as possible.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Surveyor

[ To: ] Mr Draft. Nutt.


Survey Office Melbourne 16 February 1842.

No 42/25.

Sir.

I beg to enclose you a copy of the Surveyor General’s letter No 42/50 in which, with reference to the burning of part of your equipment he remarks “that it is one of the most essential and important duties of a Surveyor to take care that his tent is secure from fire, that none but officers neglecting their duty meet with such misfortune and that it has always been the practice to require that the party so devoid of proper caution to make good any losses so sustained.”

In communicating this to you, in accordance with the Surveyor General’s wish, I have to express hope that you will be more cautious in future so as to prevent a repetition of such an occurrence.


I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Asst Sur: Pickering

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Survey Office Melbourne

16 February 1842.

No 42/26.

Sir.

I am directed by His Honor the Superintendent to employ you in the Survey of the Yarra Yarra River up to its source to commence at Mr Ryrie’s Station and to note the Section lines on your plan which terminate a Parish. The Main Branch is to be first surveyed and to shew all the main features at the head of it. The branches and tributaries to be afterwards surveyed.

Your are to observe all the particulars of which your former Instructions will point out what is required

From your experience and talent I have no doubt you will complete this important duty creditably to yourself and the Department.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Surveyor.

[ To: ] W. W. Darke Esqr

Contract Surveyor


Survey Office Melbourne

19th. February 1842.

No 42/27.

Sir.

In addition to my instructions conveyed by my letter No 42/26 dated 16th. Inst. you will be pleased to include in the Survey therein directed the heads of the Goulbourn River commencing at the junction of, and including the tributary on which Mr. Snodgrass’ head station is placed and then following it and the Main Stream of the Goulbourn as well as the branches that fall on either [ side – struck out ] bank upwards to their sources.

You will avail yourself of the opportunity on reaching the many heads of the Yarra and Goulburn to examine and fix correctly as much of those great dividing ranges as possible having for your guidance throughout this Survey the instructions for similar duties already in your possession

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle, Surveyor.

[ To: ] W. W. Darke Esqr.

Contract Surveyor

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Survey Office Melbourne

23d. February 1842.

No 42/28.

Sir.

I beg to enclose you a copy of the Surveyor General’s letter No 42/74 dated 9 Instant intimating that your services as a Contract Surveyor. from the abandonment of the system of surveying lands by Contract will no longer be required.

I have therefore to request that all plans of land surveyed by you since those last forwarded be sent here with as little delay as possible in order that you may be paid accordingly.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] W. W. Darke

H. W. H. Smythe

G. D. Smythe


Survey Office Melbourne

19th. February 1842.

No 42/29.

Sir

I have to request that you will forward, without loss of time, one of the men now attached to your party as the Surveyor General has directed me, by letter No 42/37 of 19 January last to reduce each surveying party to six men with seven oxen or four horses.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Mr. Draftsman Nutt.


Survey Office Melbourne 24 Feby 1842

No 42/30.

Sir

The Surveyor General has directed me to forward to you five men who were lately attached Mr Mollison and other parties [ save? ] but from one of the men having absconded I am unable to forward you more than the four named in the margin.

The Surveyor General states that he intends to forward Ten other men to you by the first possible opportunity.

I have +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur

[ Margin annotation: ] Charles Stubbs “Countess Harcourt”

John Bibby “Barrosa”

Thomas Guiser Bengal Merchant

John Kingham William [ ?? ]

[ To: ] C. J. Tyers Esqr

Surveyor

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Survey Office Melbourne 25 February. 1842.

No 42/31.

Sir.

The Surveyor General has directed that all Surveying parties in this District are to consist of six men only, instead of seven as formerly and has ordered me to call on you to return one of those now attached to you. I have therefore to request that you will have the goodness to forward to this office, with as little delay as possible one man in accordance with the wishes of the Surveyor General

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle, Surveyor

[ To: ] W. W. Darke Esqr.

Assistant Surveyor


Survey Office Melbourne

25 February 1842.

No 42/32.

Sir.

I have the honor to transmit the remainder of the Plans completed by Mr. Mollison Contract Surveyor and also plans by Mr. Darke.

In accordance with the Instructions contained in your letter No 42/74 of 9 Inst. I have intimated to Messrs. Darke, H. W. H. Smythe and Geo. D. Smythe that their services as Contractors will no longer be required. These gentlemen consider themselves entitled to three months notice agreeably to the [ notice – struck out ] term as published in the Government Gazette and His Honor the Superintendent, whom I consulted upon the subject, also thinks they are justly entitled to this period to compensate them for the expensive arrangements they have entered into for the carrying on the Surveys.

Mr Darke has therefore, at the request of Mr Latrobe, received my instructions to Survey the Yarra Yarra River up to its source and then to connect that Survey with the Goulbourn River.

Accompanying

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

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Accompanying these plans is a Survey, by Mr Nutt. under my immediate inspection of certain lands which His Honor requested to be marked out.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle

[ Margin annotation: ] St Kilda


Survey Office Melbourne

28th. February 1842

No 42/33.

The Surveyor General has directed me to apply to your Honor for a passage to Portland Bay for fourteen men who are to be attached to the Surveying parties of Messs. Tyers and Kennedy.

May I therefore request the favor of your Honor furnishing me with the necessary authority in order that I may forward the men in question with as little delay as possible.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr


Survey Office Melbourne

1 March 1842

No 42/34.

Sir.

I beg to enclose for your Honor the copy of two letters I have received from Messs. Darke and Smythe upon the subject of the discontinuance of the Contract System of Surveying lands for sale.

I have the honor to be

Sir.

Your Honor’s mo. obednt servt.

signed. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr


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Survey Office Melbourne

1 March 1842

No 42/35.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose you two letters, the one from Mr. Darke the other from Mr. H. W. H. Smythe upon the subject of the diiscontinuance of the Contract System of Surveying lands for sale.

These letters I have received since I had the honor of forwarding to you my letter No 42/32.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle. Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General


Survey Office Melbourne

2 March 1842.

No 42/36.

Sir.

In compliance with the Instructions contained in your letter No 42/21 of 13 January 1842 I do myself the honor to enclose a receipt for Mr. Townsend’s Field Books and for Plans by Messrs. Darke, Mollison and Nutt which are to be forwarded to you per Sea Horse steamer which leaves this on Friday next the 4th Inst.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

2 March 1842.

No 42/37.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to report for your Honor’s information that this office is in a very dilapidated state and beg the favor of your Honor giving directions that the Government plasterer may be sent to patch up the plaster which is constantly falling down to the great damage of the Maps +c.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle. Sur.

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr.

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Survey Office Melbourne

2d. March 1842.

No 42/38.

Sir.

In compliance with your Instructions No 42/83 dated 12 Ultimo I have the honor to transmit a plan and description of the prolongation of the Town which I am requested by His Honor the Superintendent to name Collingwood.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle. Surveyor

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

[ Margin annotation: ] Collingwood


Survey Office Melbourne

2 March 1842.

No 42/39.

Sir.

In answer to your letter No 42/34 dated 12 February I have the honor to inform you that the proposed Town is a collection of buildings erected upon private property without any definite plan upon suburban allotments No. 48, 49, 50, 51, 69, 70, 71, 72, 82, 83, 84 and 85 the buildings are principally upon 48, 49, 69 and 70.

The only intimation I had upon the subject was by His Honor the Superintendent calling at this office, a short time back, and deciring that the same might be noted as a continuation of the Town.

On another occasion he directed a Burial Ground of one acre to be marked for the Aborigines in rear of the Wesleyan Burial Ground which I accordingly did. I have expressed to His Honor on more than one occasion my unwillingness to receive verbal orders on official duty.

The officers of the Department are employed on the following duties

Mr Asst Sur: Townsend has embarked for Corner Inlet.

Mr. Asst Sur: Darke under orders to trace

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trace the Yarra Yarra up to its source and to connect it with the sources of the Goulbourn River and Ranges.

Mr. Asst Sur: H. W. H. Smythe to complete the Hopkins, Lakes and to connect them with his former surveys of the Geelong Country

Mr. Asst Sur: Pickering to trace the Goulbourn to be connected with Mr. Darkes surveys to trace the Creeks on the South Side of it and to connect this work with the Survey of the Campaspe and Coliban Rivers

Mr. G. Smythe Contractor at present tracing the Coast from Western Port towards Wilsons Promontory

Mr. Draftsman Nutt Marking Lands as required by His Honor the Supernt.

Mr. Draftsman Buckley ( an excellent Draftsman ) completing a General Map of the province and Making sketches of plans for His Honor the Superintendent whenever required. Mr Macarthur general routine of office [ ?? ]

For myself, I am fully occupied in examining the different surveys transmitted by the Assistants and Contractors and when at leisure, compiling a General Map, on a small scale for your inspection when complete also with the general superintendence of this branch of your Department.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

2 March 1842.

No 42/40.

Sir.

In reply to your letter No 42/9of the 16 Ultimo directing me to transfer eight men to Messrs. Tyers and Kennedy

in.

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in addition to six others to be forwarded by you on the first opportunity. I beg to observe that the six men in question have arrived by the “Sea Horse” and together with the eight shall be forwarded to Portland Bay without loss of time I having already made the necessary arrangements for their passages I have however to remark that but two of Mr. Mollison’s Party can be forwarded, the other two having absconded, and Mr. Darke’s party at present consists of but six one of the men having become free since I last furnished the list of the Department I have written to Mr. George D. Smythe a similar letter to that which I sent to the the other contractors ( as intimated to you by my letter 42/32 ) but from this gentleman being engaged in surveying a part of the country with which there is but little communication I have been unable to get the letter conveyed to hiim and therefore have not received his man.

Under these circumstances I applied to His Honor Mr. Latrobe who although unwilling to allow me men from the road party and who, more than once, has been induced by my representation to lend me four to make up the deficiency, whom however he expects to be returned whenever I am supplied with others.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


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Survey Office Melbourne

2d. March 1842.

No 42/41.

Sir.

In reference to your letter No 42/86 dated 15 Ultimo on the subject of Major Druid's eight acres of land in Parramatta Street, and requesting an explanation of what is meant or intended by my writing "Now Government Land"

I have the honor to inform you that I understood it had reverted [ ? ] to Government the particulars of which I am not in possession of

I have the honor to be +c

signed. Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

________________________________________

Survey Office Melbourne

2d March 1842

No 42/42.

Sir.

For some time past not withstanding my frequent applications you have neglected to forward me your Monthly Reports of progress.

I have to request that you will no longer delay doing so and transmit to me the Reports now due and continue to forward regularly the Monthly reports in order that I may be enabled to furnish them for the Surveyor General's information.

I have the honor to be +c

signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] Mr Draftsman Nutt.

________________________________________

Survey Office Melbourne

2 March 1842.

No 42/43.

Sir.

I beg most urgently to call your attention to the requisitions now enclosed as I am quite out of every article applied for. the former supply intended for this Branch of your Department having been lost on Board the Rover

which

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which prevents my being able to give the date and quantity of the former supply which under the circumstances I trust will be no impediment. I should have forwarded these requisitions for your approval on the 1 January last, had I not felt ( from the new regulations ) at a loss how to proceed until I received your letter No 42/18.

With regard to the requisition for men, I beg to observe that four are to replace those lent by His Honor as stated in my letter No 42/40 and the others to replace casualties and to enable me occasionally to perform field duty which at present I am unable to do not having a single man attached to my party.

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[ List in margin: ]

William Farley. 		ship Barnell.
Thos. Connor. 		Waterloo
David Campbell.        Susan.
John Davies.		Florentia
Stephen Jones		Bengal Mercht 
Thos. Guisen		do
James Ewins. 		Middlesex
Joseph Wyatt		Susan
William Day		Earl Gray
Chas. Stubbs		Counts. Harcourt
John Bibby		Barrosa
John Kingham		Will Jardine
Thos Bath

Survey Office Melbourne

4th March 1842.

No 42/44.

Sir.

Since writing you my letter No 42/30, informing yyou of my intention, at the request of the Surveyor General , to forward four men, the Sea Horse has arrived bringing six Convicts which together with the 4 men already [ ?named ] and other four from the parties here making in all fourteen are to be to be forwarded to you per Jane and Emma.

A List of the Men I enclose.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle

Surveyor

[ To: ] C. J. Tyers Esqr Surveyor Portland

Survey Office Melbourne

4th. March 1842.

No 42/45.

Sir.

By the Jane and Emma I am to forward to Portland, by direction of the Surveyor General, fourteen convicts who are to be attached to the Survey Department there.

I enclose you a list of the men and have to beg the favor of your taking charge of them in the event of Mr. Tyers being absent from the Bay upon the arrival of the men in question

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] J Blair Esqr. JP. Police Magistrate. Portland.

Survey Office Melbourne 9th March 1842

No 42/46.

Sir.

By the Sea Horse “Steamer” I have forwarded, in addition to those mentioned in my letter No 42/36 two packets, the one containing Mr. H. W. H. Smythe’s survey of Emu Creek, the other a plan of Collingwood, receipts for which I do myself the honor to forward.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

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Survey Office Melbourne

9th. March 1842.

No 42/43.

Sir.

Mr D. G. McArthur having completed his sixth year of service in your Department I beg to recommend him to your favourable consideration for an increase of salary from the 1 January. I have also the pleasure of forwarding to you the accompanying certificate which Mr. Macarthur has obtained from the Lands Board.

I have the honor to be +c

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

Survey Office Mel

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

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Survey Office Melbourne

16. March 1842.

No 42/46.

Sir.

Mr William Pickering, Assistant Surveyor having completed his first year of service in your Department on the 3d. Inst. I beg to recommend him to your favourable consideration in order that he may obtain the usual increase of salary from the period above named.

I have the honor to be +c

Signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surveyor General


Survey Office Melbourne

16 March 1842.

No 42/49.

Sir.

With reference to your letter No 42/98 of the 17 Ultimo respecting the measurement of BDr. Douglas’ land. I deferred returning you an answer until I had an opportunity of examining a number of old orders to measure land which I have now done and although I found some so far back as the year 1824 I cannot find any written order for the measurement of the land in question nor do I believe any such was ever given for to the best of my recollection upon. Dr. Douglas’ having called at the office in Sydney Mr. Oxley directed me in the presence of Mr. Caveneagh formerly Assistane Surveyor, to measure it without however giving Dr. Douglas possession. On my way therefore to perform this survey I called at Kirkham, Mr. Oxley’s private residence where I remained for the night and on the following morning he particularly enjoined me to proceed with the Survey without delay.

I should observe that I frequently

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received verbal directions from the late Mr. Oxley and generally in his presence made notes of what might have been omitted at the office.

I have also received in private notes orders to measure Lands that had been omitted to be measured by the late Mr. Meehan formerly Deputy Surveyor General of New South Wales who was in the habit of receiving orders from the Governor without even consulting the Surveyor General.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle. Sur:

[ To: ] Surveyor General


Survey Office Melbourne

17th. March. 1842.

No 42/50.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose a letter from Mr. Crawford Mollison correcting an error into which he had fallen in regard to the place crossed by you at the River Hopkins.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General


[ Margin annotation: ] No 42/51

Individual Book

Survey Office Melbourne

19th. March 1842.

No 42/52.

Sir.

The Surveyor General has directed me by letter 42/125 of 1st Inst. to inform you that he approves of 3 months notice being given previously to the discontinuance of your Contract which notice must however be reckoned from the 23d Ulto. this being the date of my letter No 42/28 apprizing you of the discontinuance of the Contract System of Surveying lands.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur:

[ To: ] Messrs. Darke, H.W. H. and G. Smythe.


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Survey Office Melbourne

22d. March 1842.

No 42/53.

Sir.

With reference to the Surveyor General’s Letter to the Honorable the Colonial Secretary No 42/93 dated 7 Inst. which your Honor sent for my inspection I have the honor to inform you that I have always attended to my duties in the field unless when engaged at Head Quarters, examining the Contract Surveyors work, and occasionally in compiling Maps as the Surveys proceed and directing the operations of the different officers at this branch of the Dept. I may observe that lately besides other surveys the Road to the Plenty, or Yarra Rivulet was marked under my personal superintendence and I am at all times ready to take the field whenever my services are required but at present have not the means, not having a single man attached to my party which circumstance I have strongly represented to the Surveyor General.

I have +c.

signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] His Honor

The Superintendent


Survey Office Melbourne

22 March 1842

No 42/54.

Sir.

With reference to your letter of yesterday’s date respecting the Marking of the burial Ground at Geeelong I am directed by His Honor the Superintendent to request you will mark it into four equal parts as per sketch.

I have +c.

signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] H. W. H. Smythe Esqr.

Asst Sur.

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Survey Office Melbourne

23 March 1842.

No 42/55.

Sir.

Referring to my letter No 41/74 of 4 June an which I reported favourably of Mr. Nutt being impressed with an idea of that gentleman’s anxiety to give satisfaction I regret to say that his exertions of late have been any thing but satisfactory I have called upon him frequently to send his Reports of Progress which he has neglected to do and some plans have been so badly drawn as to prevent my transmitting them.

He has applied for an Increase of Pay as a Draftsman. I enclose you his application for your Inspection.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surveyor General


Survey Office Melbourne

24 March 1842.

No 42/56.

Sir.

In obedience with your instructions I forward the 14 men to Portland for Messrs. Tyers and Kennedy. the safe arrival of whom together with the slops, Mr. Tyers has duly acknowledged. His letter I do myself the honor to enclose.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General

[ Margin annotation: ] Mr. Tyers letter enclosed


Survey Office Melbourne 29 March 1842.

No 42/57.

Sir.

With reference to your letter No 42/112 of 4 Inst. requiring information respecting 100 acres of land measured to Chas. Gray previously to the year 1827, I enclose you my authority for the measurement of the land in question, in the handwriting of your predecessor Mr Oxley

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General

[ Margin annotation: ] Letter of Authority to Mr. Hoddle dated 9 April 1824

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Survey Office Melbourne

29 March 1842.

No 42/58.

Sir.

Mr. Draftsman Nutt was directed last November to survey in the neighbourhood of the Goulbourn River to commence at the Rutledge’s Special Survey and trace a chain of Ponds to the River, which duty he has stated to me he did perform. As ample time has been allowed him for the production of the plan of the same and as he fails to furnish his monthly reports of progress, although repeatedly called upon to do so I think it necessary to report the same for your Honor’s information. I must further observe that I am not at all satisfied with the execution of Mr. Nutt in the performance of his Public Duty

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert HoddleSur.

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr.


Survey Office Melbourne

29 March 1842.

No 42/59.

Sir.

With reference to your letter No 42/125 of 12 Inst upon the subject of the discontinuance of the Contract System of Surveying lands, I beg to state that I intimated the same to the Contractors by letter 42/28 of 23 Ultimo consequently their Contracts should terminate on the 23 May next, but from the difficulty of getting the letters of notification conveyed as intimated in my letter No 42/40 I take the liberty of suggesting to you the propriety of their being allowed a few days grace beyond this period by which means all causes of dissatisfaction will be prevented.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surveyor General


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Survey Office Melbourne

4 April 1842.

No 42/60.

Sir.

I have the honor to enclose you a Report of Progress of Mr. Draftsman Nutt from the 24 November 1841 to 31 March 1842. his previous Reports of Progress being most irregularly transmitted.

The other officers of this Branch of your Department are employed as reported last month.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


42/61 Individual Letter Book


Survey Office Melbourne

11 April 1842.

No 42/62.

Sir.

William Castle formerly overseer of Stock at this Branch of your Department having been sentenced to an Iron Gang I do myself the honor to recommend William Noble per ship Bengal Merchant. [per ship Bengal Merchant – struck out ] for the gratuity of 8 per day instead of Castles –

Noble has been some time attached to the Department and I have found him worthy of the indulgence for which he is now recommended.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur:

[ To: ] The Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

13 April 1842.

No 42/63.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose your Honor a letter I have received from Assistant Commissary General Swainson

wishing

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr.

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wishing to be informed whether a certain document a copy of which he encloses will be sufficient authority to enable him to take possession, or transfer a certain allotment in this Town. As this is a matter upon which I am unable to give an opinion on I have to request the favor of your Honor forwarding it to Sydney for consideration

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur:

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr.

+c. +c. +c.


Survey Office Melbourne

13 April 1842.

No 42/64.

Sir.

It being frequently necessary to have certain portions of Land in the immediate vicinity of the Town marked out without that delay which sometimes occurs from the difficulty of finding you. In future to obviate this I have to request that you will attend at this office every day. Sunday excepted, at ten o’Clock punctually accompanied by three men of your party with instrument, chain, marking axe +c By this means the wishes of His Honor will meet with immediate attention and should there be no out door work you will find sufficient employment in the office

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] Mr. Draftsman Nutt.


Survey Office Melbourne

16 April 1842

No 42/65. A.

Sir.

In reply to your Honor’s letter No 42/482 of yesterday’s date requesting to be informed under what regulation and to what extent tracings or copies of any Govt. Charts in this O office have been

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furnished either by myself or subordinates to individuals applying for them and whether at any time remuneration has been received by any individual connected with the office in the execution of such. I beg to state that the Draftsman Mr. Buckley did copy some portion of the charts for the purpose of affording information to parties desirous of soliciting land. for which, I believe, he received remuneration. He did so under the impression that the 16th. Clause of the Regulations of 21 January 1841 permitted him, in which view he was strengthened by the permission given by your Honor to a private surveyor to copy the Charts in question. I feel satisfied had he not taken this view he never would have infringed. I beg also to remark that they were not executed during the office hours. Since the receipt of your letter I have set Mr. Buckley right in regard to his view of the regulation he expresses great regret and as I have always found him regular and attentive to his duties and from his being a superior draftsman of valuable assistance I have to express the hope that your Honor will not consider it necessary to take further notice of this matter as I feel satisfied it will never again occur.

I have the honor to be

Sir.

your Honor’s mo: obedt Servt.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esq

+c. +c. +c.


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Survey Office Melbourne

16 April 1842.

No 42/66.

Sir.

The Surveyor General by letter No 42/140 of 23d. March 1842 has conveyed to me His Excellency the Governor’s approval of the Reserve at Alberton Corner Inlet and directing me to intimate to the parties holding orders for special surveys that they are now at liberty to make their selections I presume therefore you will be at liberty to measure accordingly should you be applied to by any of the parties interested subject however to the final approval of His Excellency the Governor.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Assistant Surveyor Townsend


Survey Office Melbourne

18 April 1842

No 42/67.

Sir.

Herewith I do myself the honor to transmit the following plans per Seahorse Steamer viz

Mr. Nutt’s Survey of Kur kur-uc Creek in 2 Sheets

Do Do Mollison’s do 1 do

Mr. Pickering Stoney Creek and old Sydney Road between it and Sugarloaf Creek

Sydney Road between the River’s Goulburn and Hughes Creek and the remaining tributaries of that Creek

Mr. Darke Parishes of Yangardook and Holden [ ?? ]

Mr. H W. H Smythe Part of Parish of Moolap near Point Henry Geelong.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle. Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General

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Survey Office Melbourne

19 April 1842

No 42/68.

Sir.

In compliance with the instructions contained in your letter No 42/154 of 6 Instant requesting me to transmit to you a plan and description of the Burial Ground and Allotments Nos. 1. 2. 3 and 20 of Section No 28 for the Roman Catholics of Melbourne I do myself the honor to forward them accordingly. In doing so I must however in justice to Mr. Townsend state that Mr. Mc.Arthur has a distinct recollection of his having measured the allotments in compliance with your instructions to him of 18th July 1839 No 39/355. and which were forwarded to you by his letter No 39/54 of 23 September 1839 a copy of which I enclose as it contains his reasons for having measured two acres instead of one for the Burial Ground.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle. Surveyor.

[ To: ] Surveyor General

[ Margin annotation: ] Plans Descriptions and copy of Mr. Townsend’s letter enclosed


Survey Office Melbourne

22 April 1842.

No 42/70.

Sir.

By verbal directions of His Honor the Superintendent I have marked out one acre as a Burial Ground adjoining the

other

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other Cemetaries for the Aborigines, the plan of which I attached to that of the Roman Catholics transmitted to you by my letter No 42/69 of this day’s date I now do myself the honor to transmit to you a description of the same.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle. Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General


Survey Office Melbourne

22d. April 1842.

No 42/71.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose you a plan and description of the Police Paddock on the Goulbourn River which I now transmit in consequence of His Honor the Superintendent having altered the site since I transmitted the former plan and description by my letter No 41/100 dated 10th August 1841. His Honor has caused Barracks to be erected upon the Spot now chosen as shewn on the sketch enclosed

I have +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] The Surveyor General


Survey Office Melbourne

22 April 1842.

No 42/72.

Sir.

In answer to your Honor’s minute of 25 Inst. requesting me to state on what occasion and under what circumstances private surveyors have been authorized by you to copy Charts in this office. I do myself the honor to call your attention to the correspondence Mr. John Hunter Patterson had with you who obtained a memorandum from your Honor authorizing Mr. Williamson private Surveyor to copy any chart Mr. Patterson might require in consequence of which authority Mr. Williamson copied the charts of all the lands open for Selection

I have +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] His Honor the

Superintendent

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Survey Office Melbourne

10 May 1842.

No 42/73.

Sir.

In accordance with the Instructions contained in your letters No 41/205 and 41/417 I forwarded to you by my letter No 41/160 dated 30 Decr. the valuation of my equipment together with that of Messrs. Pickering and Nutt but as your letter No 42/172 of 22 Ultimo informs me that it is not the intention of His Excellency the Governor to grant me [ the – struck out ] £100 per annum allowed to officers of your department employed in the field. I shall feel obliged by your informing me whether I am to consider my equipment as my property at the valuation or to return it to the Government.

I have +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] The Surveyor General


Survey Office Melbourne

10 May 1842.

No 42/74.

Sir.

The Surveyor General by letter 42/157 dated 9 April 1842. has intimated to me that he cannot recommed you to his Excellency the Governor for the annual increase of Salary usually granted to Draftsmen in his Dept. from my report of your exertions not being so favourable as could have been wished. I have to express the hope that your exertions in future will be such as to prevent my having the painful duty of again withholding my recommendation.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur

[ To: ] Mr. Draftsman Nutt.

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Survey Office Melbourne

27 May 1842.

No 42/75.

Sir.

In obedience with the request contained in your letter No 42/210 of 9 Inst. I do myself the honor to return you herewith His Excellency the Governor’s Authority for Asst. Sur. Pickerings receiving an annual increase of Salary.

I have +c

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

28 May 1842.

No 42/76.

Sir.

In attention to your letter No 42/218 of 12 Inst. I do myself the honor to enclose you an amended plan and separate descriptions of the allotments for the Roman Catholic Church, School and Ministers Dwelling the whole containing one acre three roods and twenty four perches which is exactly the same quantity marked out for the Presbyterian and Independent sects respectively. The reason for these not being 2 acres is in consequence of half of the lane being deducted from the quantity as more fully explained to you by Mr. Townsend, a copy of whose letter 39/54 I did myself the honor to enclose you by my letter 42/69 of 22 Ulto.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

30 May 1842

No 42/77.

Sir.

With reference to the postscript to your

letter

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letter No 42/209 of 7 Instant respecting the unsightly manner Mr. Nutt has printed the letter A on his chart I have to observe that I pointed it out to him and desired him to alter it before transmission I should observe that this gentleman is very careless, but as he labors under great defect in sight, it is not surprising that he does not draw two plans alike. I have called upon him for his field books which I find impossible to decipher until put into better order.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

30th. May 1842

No 42/78.

Sir.

With reference to your letter No 42/195 of 3d Inst. informing me of your intention of forwarding ten men together with stationery +c., a list of which you enclose, I have the honor to inform you that the men have arrived and are disposed of as follows. four returned to Government in lieu of a like number lent by His Honor Mr. Latrobe for the completion of the Survey Parties at Portland Bay the remaining 6 are for the present sent to work on the roads. I have to observe that these men have arrived in a very destitute state having been sent on board ship without blankets or any clothing save that on their Backs.

I have further to observe with much regret. that independent of their destitute state, these men appear to be of the very worst class, all, with but one exception, having been sentenced to Ironed Gangs and consequently very unfit to be attached to Surveying parties in this District where the means for the coercion of such characters are so limited

The

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The Stationery +c. has not yet come to hand but I trust to its early transmission the office having for some time past, been without a supply.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle, Surveyor

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

30 May 1842

No 42/79.

Sir.

With reference to your Honor’s transmission of certain Correspondence received on the 28th. Inst. on the subject of Dividing Melbourne into four Wards under the proposed Corporation Act now before the Legislative Council. I do myself the honor to suggest the four be as follows.

North Melbourne to be divided into two separated by Elizabeth Street and as it is probable that many of the Suburbans will be equally built upon as the proposed boundaries of New Town, named by your Honor Collingwood I think the whole of the Suburbans should be included in the Town Act. The whole of South Melbourne boundary as promulgated in the Gazette should be another Ward.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur:

[ To: ] His Honor.

The Superintendent


Survey Office Melbourne 30 May

No 42/80

Sir.

With reference to the conversation I had with your Honor when presenting a requisition for 10 suits of Clothing for your Honor’s approval for 10 men who had just arrived from Sydney - I do myself the honor to enclose you a duplicate of the letter I have written to the Surveyor General upon the Subject.

have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle, Sur:

[ To: ] His Honor

The Superintendent.


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Survey Office Melbourne

30 May 1842.

No 42/81.

Sir.

With reference to your Honor’s minute respecting the repair of an Instrument belonging to Mr. Nutt I should observe that if sent to Sydney it would be a great loss of time and Mr. Nutt would have an excuse to delay his work as we have no spare Instrument in a good state of repair.

The last Instruments sent to Sydney to be repaired upwards of two years ago were never returned to the District although I made application for them and an urgent request that they should be speedily returned.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur:

[ To: ] His Honor

The Superintendent


Survey Office Melbourne

30th. May 1842.

No 42/82

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose you three copies of the Surveyor General’s letter No 42/188 of 28th. Ultimo which has been received by me stating that the Surveyor General approves of Harracks receiving the Gratuity of 8d per diem. It will be necessary for you to attach the copies to your abstracts upon inserting Harracks name for the first time.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed. Robert Hoddle. Sur:

[ To: ]C. J. Tyers Esqr.

Surveyor Portland


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Survey Office Melbourne

30 May 1842.

No 42/83.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to forward to you a plan and description of certain portions of land subdivided in the parish of Nillumbik by Mr. Draftsman Nutt in compliance with verbal directions I received from His Honor Mr. Latrobe who I believe was induced to give the Order with the view of disposing of several Land Orders of small amount and in consequence has sanctioned the selection made by John Lindsay through his Agent A. Beale a description of which I also enclose for your information –

The whole of this parish has been advertised as open for selection under the uniform system since the 21 February 1841. but from its being in large quantities and of inferior quality only one selection has been made that of Donaldson’s – a description of which I duly transmitted

I have +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

[ Margin annotation: ] Mr Lindsays

selection


No 42/84 Individual Letter book.


Survey Office Melbourne

2 June 1842.

No 42/85.

Sir.

With reference to your Honor’s memorandum attached to Colonial Secretary’s letter No 42/263 of 20th May. in which it is stated that it appears desirable a considerable quantity, not less than 20000 acres should be advertised for sale I do myself the honor to recommend that the undermentioned

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parishes be advertised accordingly so as to meet the wishes of His Excellency the Governor in regard to the holders of Land orders.

Parish of Bulla Bulla

“ “ Tullamarine

‘ ‘ Korpuparrimul.

The contents of each parish I annex to the list enclosed. In the event of these parishes being approved of and advertised in Sydney – the descriptions can be obtained from the Surveyor General to whom they were transmitted with the plans on their being surveyed. I also enclose for your Honor’s information a List of the Holders of Land Orders still undisposed of by which it appears that they amount to 15, 278 and as Messrs. Orr, Rutledge and Reeve have been given the option of taking the amount of their orders out in land to be advertised for sale by auction, in the event of their doing so, it will dispose of 15360 acres more making a total of 30,638 acres exclusive of the holders of English Land Orders and Officers Remissions which will form a considerable addition:

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle. Sur:

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr.


Survey Office Melbourne

3d. June 1842

No 42/86.

Sir.

Mr. W. H. Buckley Draftsman at this Branch of the Sur: Gen: Dept, having completed his 1st. year of service on the 1st. Inst. and his conduct in the discharge of his duties having been such as to enable me to recommend him to your Honor’s favourable consideration, in order that he may obtain the increase of Salary from the 1st. Inst. provided for in the Estimates and which I believe your Honor has the power to Sanction – I have +c

signed R Hoddle

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr

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Survey Office Melbourne

3 June 1842.

No 42/87.

Sir.

I herewith enclose your Honor descriptions of the division of Melbourne into 4 wards under the proposed corporation Act. The Wards are described in accordance with the manner I did myself the honor to suggest as to their division by my letter No 42/79 of 30th. Ultimo.

The description of the extension of the Town were forwarded to Head Quarters and have been published in the Government Gazette.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr.


Survey Office Melbourne

6 June 1842.

No 42/88.

Sir.

Herewith I enclose your Honor Descriptions of the three parishes which by my letter No 42/85 of 2d. Instant, [ for – struck out ] I recommended for sale so as to recent the wishes of His Excellency the Governor.

I have +c.

signed. Robert Hoddle. Sur:

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr.


Survey Office Melbourne

7 June 1842.

No 42/89.

Sir.

With reference to my letters, No 85 and 88 of the 2d. and 6th. Instant, upon the subject of the lands recommended for sale I do myself the honor to state that as some delay must necessarily arise before the advertisement can appear and as [some delay must necessarily – struck out ] parties holding land orders must make their selection one month before the day of sale I have the honor to observe

that

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that I consider it would not be advisable to have them put up before the end of November or the beginning of December next.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle. Sur.

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr.

+c +c +c


[ Margin annotation: ] No 42/90

16 June 1842.

Letter to Maj. St John relative to 10 Prisoners recd “[ ?? ]”.


Survey Office Melbourne

22 [ July – struck out ] June 1842.

No 42/91.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose herewith the Descriptions of the parish of “Carrah” which has been recently surveyed by Assistant Surveyor H. W. H. Smythe and which is the parish your Honor expressed the wish to have advertised at the same time with other parishes the Descriptions of which were furnished your Honor.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr.


Survey Office Melbourne

22d. June 1842.

No 42/92. A.

Sir.

Mr. H. W. H. Smythe having recently surveyed a parish at Geelong named “Carrah” the plan of which is not yet completed but His Honor Mr. Latrobe being anxious to have the parish in question brought into the Market at an early day directed me to furnish him with descriptions of the same which I have accordingly done and notify the same to you in order that you may be made acquainted with the proceedings at this Branch of your Dept. The Plan in question shall be transmitted when completed.

I have +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] Sur Gen:

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Survey Office Melbourne

28th. June 1842.

No 42/92. B

Sir.

In accordance with the instructions contained in your letter No 42/273 I do myself the honor to transmit herewith the Description required being as follows.

Yangardook. incomplete Mambourin

Holden Cocoroc

Maribyrnong Bulban

Derrimut Murtcain incomplete

Triganina Wandinjouan do

Deutgam Woorinyalook do

by Assistant Surveyor Darke and

“Moolap”

by Assistant Surveyor H. W. H. Smythe.

I have to observe that these descriptions were kept so as to be in readiness for His Honor the Superintendent who has more than once sent to this office for descriptions in such haste as to [ le ]ave but little time to make correct copies. In future however I shall forward the Descriptions with the Maps as soon as completed and the letters which may accompany them shall contain all the particulars required by you.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] The Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

29 June 1842.

No 42/93.

Sir.

In compliance with the request contained in your letter No 42/ I have transmitted through the post office a packet containing the descriptions of the undermentioned parishes ( see letter above ) which Mr. Kelsh is to forward to you by the first ship

His receipt I enclose herewith.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

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Survey Office Melbourne

29 June 1842

No 42/94.

Sir.

I have to request that you will furnish me for the information of the Government with a List of your men stating ship, sentence, year of arrival in the Colony – Religion and the date of their being attached to the Surveying Party. It would also be desirable that you state briefly as to their general character.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Asst. Sur: Pickering.


Survey Office Melbourne

2 July 1842.

No 42/95

Sir.

The enclosed two letters of 23 February and 21 March last intimating to Mr. G. FD. Smythe the discontinuance of his contract not having been delivered to that gentleman from the difficulty of communicating with him I do myself the honor to request the favour of your honor’s procuring the services of one of the native police for the purpose of conveying the letters to him.

I have +c.

signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr.


Survey Office Melbourne

1 July 1842

No 42/96.

Sir.

In attention to the instructions contained in the Deputy Surveyor General’s letter of 2 Feby. 1841 I do myself the honor to enclose you a return of the land selected under the regulations of 21 January 1841, between the 1st and 30th.

Ultimo.

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Ultimo being as follows

County of Bourke, Parish of Doutta Galla, portion of No so containing 712 acres more or less selected by John Fitz Gerald Leslie Foster.

County of Bourke, Parish of Nillumbik Allotment No 7 of portion No 5 containing 110 acres more or less. selected by Thomas Sweeney.

I have to state in regard to the latter [ portion – struck out ] selection that it is one of the portions sub divided in the parish of Nillumbik in accordance with the instructions of His Honor the Superintendent as intimated in my letter of 30 May 42/83.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur:

[ To: ] The Surveyor General.

[ Margin annotation: ] Foster and Sweeney’s selections


Survey Office Melbourne

July 1842.

No 42/97.

Sir.

I herewith transmit Reports of Progress of Assistant Surveyor Pickering and Mr. Draftsman Nutt – those of Mr. Pickerings for the months of Feby. to end of June and Mr. Nutt for April May and June.

I regret that illness and bad weather prevented Mr. Pickering’s greater progress while idleness and the inclemency of the wether produced similar results in regard to Mr Nutt.

I have +c. signed, R Hoddle

[ To: ] Sur General.


Survey Office Melbourne

19 July 1842

No 42/98.

The three months granted to Messrs. Darke and H. W. H. Smythe previously to the termination of their contracts having expired I shall feel obliged by your informing me at your very earliest convenience whether upon the completion of the plans they have now in

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7th. It is to be distinctly understood, that the land included in any such License, will be open to purchase under the ordinary regulations, and in the event of being sold must be surrendered by the party upon his receiving one months notice, but in such case the balance of the price of the License for the time it has to run will be refunded to him.

[ This line marked by an asterisk ] 8th. Parties holding lands under License in conformity with these regulations, will be entitled to the exclusive right of occupancy of the same during the period [ of – struck out ] the License shall remain in force. for the purpose of depasturing Cattle and other Stock, but a clause will be inserted in it restraining the holder from cutting Cedar or other Timber, except such of the latter as may be required for domestic uses for firebote fencing Stockyards or other conveniences for the enjoyment of the Land, provided that no part thereof be sold.

9th. In the District of Port Phillip, Licenses will be issued by the Sub Treasurer of the District in the same manner [ 2 – superscript – see note at foot of page ] + form and subject to the same formalities, in all respects as Licenses in the Sydney District, and persons desiring to have any particular portions of Land advertised. may make application for them to the Senior Surveyor of the District.

By His Excellency’s Command

signed E D Thomson –

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their hands they are to be placed upon the strength of this branch of your Department as Assistant Surveyors both having been so previously to their taking Contracts.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] The Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

15 July 1842.

Sir.

I beg to enclose your Honor a letter received by me from Mr. G. Russell and others requesting information as to the intention of the Government in regard to the marking of a certain road described in the letter. The place mentioned being in Mr. H. W. H. Smythe’s district I requested that Gentleman to furnish me with his report which he has accordingly done and is also enclosed. I have to request your Honor’s instructions in regard to the answers I should give the applicants.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle. Sur:

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr


Survey Office Melbourne

20th. July 1842.

No 42/99.

Sir.

His Honor the Superintendent has called upon me for Descriptions of Allotments a List of which I beg to enclose you with the minimum values and the names of the newly laid out places as given by his Honor the Superintendent and all of which he is anxious to have brought forward for Sale.

In order to prevent a repetition of the irregularity complained of in your letter of the 4 Instant No 42/316 I shall for the future transmit all descriptions direct

to

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you and those in question shal be transmitted by the very first possible opportunity.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle. Sur:

[ To: ] The Surveyor General

List referred to:

Suburban Allotments on Salt Water River Parish of Doutta Galla County of Bourke from No 30 to 37 inclusive.

Value £10 minimum price

Parish of St. Kilda in South Melbourne County of Bourke 22 Allotments Nos. 1 to 8 inclusively value £50 per acre minimum price Nos. 9 to 22 inclusive £30 per acre

South Melbourne parish of South Melbourne County of Bourke. Section 1 and 2 and a broken section off No 1 value £150 each Allt. Section 1 and 2 on the Beach value £150 per Allotment ( Sandridge ).

South Melbourne Suburban Allotments for Cultivation 32 Allotments value £25 per acre min price


Survey Office Melbourne

July 1842

No 42/100.

Sir.

With reference to my letter of 20 July No 42/99. I do myself the honor to transmit Descriptions and sketches shewing the situation of the lands at South Melbourne which his Honor the Superintendent has recommended ( together with those mentioned in the list transmitted ) to be offer for sale early in Novr. next

His Honor directed an alteration to be made in Allotments No 3, 11 and 12 of St Kilda which I have done and the descriptions sent are in accordance with the alteration, the remainder of the description of this place, as transmitted by

my.

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my letter of 25 Feby. 1842 No 42/32 will answer for publication.

Suburban Allotments Nos. 30 to 37 on the Salt Water River were with other lands advertised for sale on 9th. December 1840 but the sale was postponed by order of His Excelly. the Governor – The descriptions of these portions as the appeared in the Government Gazette of 12th Septr. 1840 page 884 will with some corrections still answer.

Another alteration has also been made, in accordance with the wishes of His Honor, in the plan of the proposed Town at the Beach South Melbourne which was transmitted by my letter No 39/20 – that of doing away with the lanes and substituting streets of 100 links in width through the centre of each section and making each allotment ½ an acre.

For greater clearness I again enclose you a copy of the list with such remarks as will facilitate the preparation of the Descriptions.

( For List see above. )

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle. Sur:

[ To: ] The Surveyor General


No 42/101. See individual Letter Book.

No 42/102. See also individual Letter Book.


Survey Office Melbourne

22 July 1842.

No 42/103.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose for your information a Letter which I have received from the Sub Treasurer requesting to be furnished with a copy of the authority I possess for drawing provisions +c. together with my reply thereto.

I have the honor to be

signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] Surveyor General

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Survey office Melbourne

22d. July 1842.

No 42/104.

Sir.

With reference to your letter No 42/291 on the subject of Dr. Douglas’ land at Narrigo and requesting me to forward you by return of post with the most definite replies to certain queries. I have the honor to afford you all the information in my power

1st. The subject of my visits to Narriga was to measure Land applied for by Dr. Douglas – I am not aware there was any dispute of boundary.

2. Lands were marked in the name of Dr. Douglas and I believe I sent a plan of it to the late Sur. Gen. Oxley. I have no copy of any letter of mine dated 17 December 1837. I send you an Extract of a copy of a letter in my possession by Mr. Oxley dated 11 Octr. 1827 In the N. E part of the County there are only two Claimants for Land. vizt. at Nerriga Dr. Douglas two thousand by Grant and four thousand by purchase and Mr. Galbraith 2,000 by Grant

3. The measurement of land was not equivalent to putting any one in possession at that time. In Mr. Oxley’s instructions to me of 26 March 1825 I was directed “carefully to abstain from giving possession of Land to any Settler whatever either by writing or verbally confining yourself to the mere measurement of the land selected I have no recollection of having made any report on this case except by my letter No 42/49.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

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Survey office Melbourne

23 July 1842.

No 42/105.

Sir.

Having received a letter from certain settlers [ respecting – struck out ] requesting information respecting the intention of the Government as to the marking of a particular line of road described in their letter I transmitted the same to the Superintendent for the purpose obtaining His Honor’s views upon the Subject. I now do myself the honor to transmit you the letters with His Honor’s remarks thereon in pencil upon mine accompanied by Mr. Smythe’s report and a sketch of the proposed line for your information

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] The Surveyor General.


Survey office Melbourne

28 July 1842.

No 42/106.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to inform you that the stores both for the use of this. and the Portland, Branch of your Department have been received and those for Mr. Tyers shall be forwarded by the very first opportunity.

Enclosed is a list of the articles received for the use of this branch which is almost an exact copy of that given in your letter No intimating their shipment. with the exception of the 5 quires tracing paper and one piece of green silk ribbon which have not been received – The green ribbon can easily be dispensed with but [ I regret – struck out ]

the

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the omission if the tracing paper being so frequently required. I much regret. may I therefore request you will be good enough to cause it to be forwarded when convenient – I regret still more to have to complain of the damage sustained by the Stationery +c. owing to careless packing.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] The Surveyor General.


Survey office Melbourne

28 July 1842.

No 42/107.

Sir.

With reference to my letter of this day’s date No 42/106 reporting arrival of stores. I do myself the honor to suggest for your consideration the propriety of the government calling here for tenders when required for the Supply of your Department with stationery and other stores

From the circumstances of Melbourne being now well supplied with Merchandise direct from England I feel satisfied that every requisite article could be procured here almost if not altogether as reasonable as in Sydney which would thus be a saving not only of the expense of freight and without running the risk of total loss or partial damage as at present.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

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Survey office Melbourne

28th. July 1842.

No 42/108.

Sir.

With reference to your letter No 42/320 of the 8th. July 1842 by which it appears there is some difficulty in connecting Surveys with each other I do myself the honor to transmit you a sketch from the General Map compiled in this Branch of your Department and beg leave to inform you that Sheet No 1 is connected with Mr. H. W. H. Smythe’s plan of the Yarrowee and Woody Yalook and Wedge’s tract to the Grampians at C. and D. Two plans of Emu Creek continued from Elms. Lang and Griffins’ Head Station Letter B are ready for transmission.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] The Surveyor General.


Survey office Melbourne

29 July 1842.

No 42/109.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to forward to you the undermentioned plans and descriptions.

Plan of the Yarra River connecting the former with the present survey.

“ Shewing the State of the Survey on the Yarra. on the termination of the Survey by Contract by W. W. Darke Asst. Sur:

Survey of the N. W. Coast of Western Port from Toornduck to Baanging. by G. D. Smythe Contract Surveyor.

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Survey of Roads towards Portland Bay and Inland Districts.

“ of Portions of Land on Native Creek and Rivers Yarrowee and Barwon and principal lines of road to the Interior being part of the Parishes of Carrah. Dorog and Mirnee.

“ Bunenyong Road

“ Parts of the Parish of Duneed

[ The four entries on this page above bracketed together with this text: ] by H W. H. Smythe Asst. Sur:

Descriptions of Dorog, Mirnee and Duneed are now enclosed, those of Carrah were forwarded through His Honor the Superintendent as intimated in my letter No 42/92

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey office Melbourne

2 August 1842.

No 42/110.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose you a plan and descriptions of Cultivation Allotments South Melbourne marked by Mr. Nutt in accordance with instructions I received from His Honor Mr. Latrobe. I may observe for your information that many of these allotments are occasionally covered with water at this moment, from rains in the interior, the Yarra has risen high[ er ] that it has been since the settlement was formed so that upwards of 60 of the Allotments are completely inundated.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

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Survey office Melbourne

2 August 1842.

No 42/111.

Sir.

I did/ By the “Thomas Lord” I did myself the honor to forward you the undermentioned – plans. ( see letter No 42/109 ).

The receipt, signed by the commander of the Schooner I beg to enclose.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey office Melbourne

5 August 1842.

No 42/112.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to inform you that Mr. Darke lodged the last of the plans executed by him as Contract Surveyor on the 19 July last and I have to request, as some difficulty has been raised at the Treasury here concerning his salary and allowances, that I may be furnished with your instructions.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur:

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey office Melbourne

6th. August 1842.

No 42/113.

Sir.

I beg to enclose you forms for Monthly reports of progress which I have received from the Surveyor General You will observe that they different from those those formerly used by yourself and others of the Dept. and I have to request that you will be regular in transmitting them according to the new form.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] H. W. Darke

Asst. Sur.

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Survey office Melbourne

9 August 1842.

No 42/114.

Sir.

Mr. Darke Assistant Surveyor lodged the last of his plans executed by him as Contract Surveyor on the 19 July and reported himself ready to take the field so soon as the floods which now inundate the country shall have subsided. I have to request your Honor’s instructions as to whether the £100 a year allowed to officers of this Department in lieu of equipment +c. is to be extended to this officer, which, by the Surveyor General’s letter No 41/205 of 28th. June 1841, a copy of which is enclosed, I conceive he is entitled to.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr


Survey Office Melbourne

9 August 1842.

No 42/115.

Sir.

May I beg the favour of your forwarding me, under cover of your frank, a copy of the Government Gazette containing notice of Sale to take place in this District.

The notice is dated 19 Ultimo but from no copy of the official Gazette having been received considerable inconvenience is felt at this office.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

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Survey office Melbourne

11 August 1842.

No 42/116.

Sir.

By the “Sally Ann” I have this day shipped for you certain stores received from the Surveyor General. A List of them together with the receipt signed by the Commander of the Schooner I enclose you and have to request the favour of your acknowledging the receipt of the goods so soon after their delivery as you can make it convenient.

I have the honor to be +c

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] C. J. Tyers

Surveyor Portland


Survey office Melbourne

12 August 1842.

No 42/117.

Sir.

herewith I do myself the honor to forward you a Survey of Part of the parishes of Darawil Touring and Moorpanyal with Descriptions of each by Mr. H. W. H. Smythe Asst Sur.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General


Survey office Melbourne

13 August 1842.

No 42/118.

Sir.

Thomas Nicholson, free, having been upwards of 12 Months acting as Messenger and his having performed the duties to the best of his abilities I do myself the honor to recommend him to your favourable consideration for an increase of his pay from 8d to 1/ per day.

signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr.

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Survey office Melbourne

13 August 1842.

No 42/119.

Sir.

I yesterday did myself the honor to forward to you, through the Post office a Packet containing the undermentioned Maps and Descriptions

( See letters 42/110 and 42/116. )

It being contrary to the usage of the Post office to grant receipts, the New Post Master here, Mr. Kemp begged that I would not press him for any. He took the packet and stamped it with the Melbourne Post Mark – to shew when he received it, which he will always continue to do. he also politely stated that he would a make a point of carefully packing all charts for you in his letter bag and forward them by the very first opportunity after he receives them.

I have the honor to be +c.

Signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

16th. August 1842.

No 42/120.

Sir.

In reply to your letter No 42/364 calling for certain information on the subject of Dr. Douglas’ claim to land at Narriga and enquiring why I did not immediately to your letter No 42/391 upon the same subject. I do myself the honor to inform you that upon the receipt of your letter of 22 June, which was received by ship I immediately communicated to you ( by letter No 42/104 of 22 July ) all the information I could give upon the subject.

I have the honor to be +c

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

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Survey office Melbourne

16 August 1842

No 42/121.

Sir.

In reply to your letter No 42/366 requesting me to forward the plan of the Parish of “Carrah” on or before the 10 proximo. I do myself the honor to state that immediately after its receipt from Mr. Smythe I forwarded it together with others by the “Thomas Lord” and the receipt, signed by the Master of the Schooner, was transmitted by my letter No 42/111 of 2 August 1842.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey office Melbourne

16 August 1842

No 42/122.

Sir.

In attention to your letter No 42/355 of 1 Instant requesting to be furnished with a certificate signed by the Sub Treasurer of the last date Mr. Townsend’s name together with that of his overseer Wm. Matthews appeared in abstract here I do myself the honor to enclose you the certificate required to enable their names to appear in the Sydney abstract from the first instant.

I have the honor to be +c

[ To: ] The Surveyor General.


Survey office Melbourne 20 Augt. 1842

No 42/123.

Sir.

I beg to enclose for your Honor’s approval a letter from Mr. Darke recommending Francis [ Perry – struck out ] Bones. his tent keep for the quantity of 8d. a day, his having been 6 years attached to his party. I have the honor +c.

signed Robert Hoddle, Sur:

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr.

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Survey Office Melbourne

23 August 1842.

No 42/124.

Sir.

It having been represented to Mr. Latrobe by the Police Magistrate of Portland that a desire exists for having allotments and other portions of land in that quarter brought forward for sale His Honor has called upon me to furnish him with a “Minute of the lands that it may be expedient to propose to His [ H – struck out ] Excellency’s consideration” With this request I have been unable to comply the only plan connected with Portland in this office being that of the Township which was transmitted by your Letter 40/336.

May I therefore request the favor of being furnished with copies or tracings of the charts of the District and if you would be good enough to direct Mr. Tyers to forward his plans through this office it would enable me to get tracings taken without causing much, if any, delay in their transmission to you.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

23d August 1842

No 42/125.

Sir.

With reference to your letter dated 1 June applying for leave of absence I regret to be under the necessity of refusing your application as I do not consider your attention to your duties entitle you for the present to this indulgence. I think you cannot better employ your time for the next two months in gaining knowledge of your profession and therefore request you will place yourself under the instructions of Mr Asst Sur Darke taking with you a light equipment and two months provisions

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You will keep a journal and a field Book of what is surveyed while in company with Mr. Darke and observe the following particulars viz.

“ Character of the Lands

Features of the Ground by colouring or descriptions the heavily or lightly timbered parts – the extent of bush or swamp also flats and whether they are alluvial or otherwise. to state whether forest lands consist of sands, gravelly or clayey soils –

A note should be attached relative to the Water stating if fresh or salt and if fresh whether it is permanent or in holes likely to dry up. There should be on each plan a brief report explanatory of the values of the Land not only with regard to soil and water but likewise from proximity to Roads +c. other local advantages might be pointed out – the quality of the subjacent rock whether of sandstone, trap granite or limestone description of timber should be named [ ? ]”

You will also make a plan from the field Book and transmit on your return without loss of time

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] Mr Draftsman Nutt.


Survey office Melbourne

5 September 1842.

No 42/126.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose you a letter from Mr. Tyers acknowledging the receipt of the stores which in accordance with the request contained in your letter No 42/292 I forwarded to him without loss of time I have the honor to be +c. signed R Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

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Survey Office Melbourne

5 September 1842.

No 42/127.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to inform you that Mr. Nutt applied to me to recommend him for leave of absence to proceed to Sydney which I have not considered it my duty to comply with. Mr. Darke having again started to Survey the River Yarra Yarra to its source I have directed Mr Nutt to attach himself, for the next two months, to his party in order to give him another opportunity of acquiring a better knowledge of Surveying than – I am sorry to say he at present notwithstanding his having been for the last four years in this district. It is truly painful for me to have to complain and I trust my next report will be more favourable although I must fear Mr Nutt will never become a very efficient officer of your Department for independent of his want of energy he labours under defect of sight.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

6 Septr. 1842

No 42/128.

Sir.

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter No 42/413 dated 23d. Ultimo requesting that the half Inch Map compiled here may be forwarded to you. I request the favour of its remaining until I receive a Survey from Mr. H. W. H. Smythe which I expect will be completed in the course of a fortnight. This will enable me to correct any errors that may have occurred in certain portions of it. With respect

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the employment of two Draftsmen I beg leave to assure you that Mr. Nutt is of no service to me to act in that capacity and his qualification as an assistant I have already alluded to in my letter of yesterday’s date.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed. Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey office Melbourne.

6 September 1842.

No 42/130.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose your Honor the Copy of a letter I have felt it my duty to address to Mr Chitty.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr


Survey office Melbourne

8 September 1842.

No 42/131.

Sir.

With reference to your letter No 42/407 dated 23 Ultimo respecting descriptions of Allotments at Sandridge and requiring explanation I do myself the honor to inform you that I intended that the Allotment should be within the Town of South Melbourne and parish of Sandridge – and the others Town of South Melbourne Parish of St. Kilda.

With respect to Mr Nutt’s descriptions I sent them as he sent them to me in order that you might have an opportunity of judging of the manner he transmitted his work. I may observe that altho’

I.

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I have no confidence in the work he performs I am sometimes obliged to entrust him certain duties he being placed on the strength of your department

But as I have lately expressed my opinion and he now being under Mr Darke’s I shall only further state that the principal by which I have ever been guided is to do the best I can with the means at my disposal.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surveyor General


Survey Office Melbourne

15 September 1842.

No 42/132.

Sir.

I have to acknowledge the receipt of your plan of the Goulburn River between the Running and Kayigai Creeks shewing also the immediate tributaries and Upper Goulburn Road also your Report of Progress for the month of August last.

In the transmission of your reports you will for the future be particular in attending to the instructions contained in the Surveyor General’s Circular No 42/380.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Assistant Surveyor

Pickering


Survey Office Melbourne

20th. September 1842

No 42/133.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to forward you returns of the land selected between the 1st and 19 Instant the latter day being the extent of

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times allowed for selection in accordance with the notice contained in the Government Gazette of 19th. July last and the descriptions in the large list now forwarded have been copied from the Gazette of that date.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

23 September 1842.

No 42/135

Sir.

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter No 42/434 dated 9 Instant requesting that I will prepare and forward without delay a plan on the usual scale of 8 chains to the Inch. shewing the entire parishes of North and South Melbourne.

I shall attend to your wishes without loss of time but I must beg leave to correct the impression that various Surveyors are on the spot for I assure you with the exception of Mr H. W. H. Smythe who has not joined the strength of the Department in consequence of not having completed his Contract plans I have no Assistant Surveyor at hand. Mr. Nutt who can neither Survey or draft correctly I have sent for two months to improve himself under Mr. Darke as already communicated in my letter No 42/127 of 5 Septr. 1842

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert HoddleSur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General

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Survey Office Melbourne

24 September 1842.

No 42/136.

Sir.

I have the honor to transmit you the Monthly Reports of Progress for July and August of Mr. Assistant Surveyor Pickering and Mr. Draftsman Nutt. In explanation of Mr. Pickerings employment in office I presume he means Tent which is in the neighbourhood of the Goulburn River where Mr. Pickering has been for several Months Surveying

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle. Sur:

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

3 October 1842.

No 42/137

Sir.

I do myself the honor to inform you that His Honor Mr. Latrobe called upon me for a return of all Lands selected under the Regulations of 21 January 1841 between the 1 March and 19 September 1842, the Latter date being, as you have been already informed, the period at which the uniform price system ceased.

His Honor’s object in calling for the return was to furnish the Colonial Secretary with Descriptions of the lots for Deeds but so short a time was allowed for the preparation of the return that the party engaged in preparing of it was compelled to sit up for the greater part of two nights so that it is not so neatly done as it might have been had greater time been allowed, however notwithstanding the extreme hurry, I compared the Descriptions of each lot both with the printed Descriptions

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and the Government Gazette and also with the Maps in this office so that I trust the return may be found correct.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey office Melbourne

5 October 1842.

No 42/138

Sir.

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter No 42/245 and its contents, respecting the Lands which shall be immediately communicated to His Honor the Superintendent, who has already written upon the subject of cultivation allotments at Portland which will be desirable to be put up to Public auction.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed, Robert Hoddle, Surveyor.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey office Melbourne

5 October 18

No 42/139.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to inform you that I have received from Mr. H. W. H. Smythe the last of his plans as Contract Surveyor which shall be forwarded to you as soon as possible. and I have to observe that Mr. Smythe joined the strength of the Branch of your Department on the 1st. Instant.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

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Survey Office Melbourne

11 October 1842.

No 42/140

Sir.

By the Alpha I forward to you a case from the Surveyor General said to contain 18 suits of Slop Clothing and some other trifling articles.

I enclose you the receipt of the case having been received for shipment and have to request that you will acknowledge the receipt of it as soon as you conveniently can.

I have the honor to be +c.

Robert Hoddle, Surveyor.

[ To: ] C. J Tyers Esqr.

Surveyor Portland

[ Margin annotation: ] No 42/144. 17 Oct 1842

Letter to Port Master of Melbourne relative to distance to Geelong. + Portland Bay -


Survey office Melbourne

18 October 18

No 42/145.

Sir.

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter No 42/489 referring to your instructions of 22 March 1841. I beg leave to inform you that without loss of time instructions were issued to the Assistant Surveyors and Contract Surveyors to proceed to complete the details as ordered by you and a very extensive country has been surveyed Plans of which have already been transmitted and others will be sent by the next opportunity.

I have been unable to be much in the field from the various duties that I have been required to perform at Melbourne and have not been beyond the Goulburn River since my last resumption of this branch of your Department.

Some misunderstanding must have been made when it was

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stated my duties from Melbourne did not take me beyond a mornings ride.

I have occasionally been absent beyond a reasonable distance to expect a Surveyor to walk and I have always kept a horse in good servicable condition.

I have always been under the impression that an officer from Head Quarters was entitled to Rations and forage.

If it is intended for the future to discontinue the provisions and forage I must submit to your decision, but it is a peculiar hardship to be suffered to draw both for so long a period ( nearly a year and half ) and then without any previous intimation, to be surcharged to such an extent.

The emoluments of the Department are little enough and I beg leave to refer you to an extract from a Minute of Governor Bourke on the estimates for 1838.

“The Chief Draftsman having been deprived, since the 1 January last of a fixed allowance for forage as his proper employment does not require his keeping a horse it is proposed to increase his salary to £500 a year from that period. The duties of his office are of considerable detail and importance”

The land regulations of 21 January 1841 appointed the Senior Surveyor a Member of the Land Board

and

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and the ones to whom all tenders are to be addressed.

The Assistant and Contract Surveyors have received their instructions from me, their work has been examined by plotting from their notes and all plans are examined previous to transmission to you. No Contract Surveyor could receive payment until my signature was attached to the voucher.

Plans for Public inspection have been made, and compiled under my personal inspection and several drawn by myself, and I have been in constant communication with His Honor the Superintendent.

I am expected by the Government notices to give every information to the Public [ and – struck out ] upon Land matters and therefore cannot be absent for long periods from the office

I need not add that I am in duty bound to communicate to you as the Head of my Department all proceedings and transmit the Monthly Reports of Progress as they are received.

I have the honor to be +c

signed, Robert Hoddle. Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey office Melbourne

22 Octr. 1842.

No 42/146

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose your Honor a letter from Mr. H. W. H. Smythe applying for leave of absence which I be[ g ] to recommend for your favorable consideration

as.

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as Mr. Smythe has been in the Department nearly five years and during the period has only been for a few days absent. I may also observe that he has always performed his duties satisfactorily.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur:

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr


Survey office Melbourne

25 October 1842

No 42/147.

Sir.

In attention to your letter of the 23 August No 42/413 I do myself the honor to forward you the enclosed

1 General Map of this District upon ½ inch scale compiled at this office. also

2. Survey of the Tributary Streams falling into Lake Korangamite with that Lake also the present lines of Roads through this part of the Western District by H W. H. Smythe Asst. Sur. being the last of the Surveys performed by him as Contract Surveyor.

3. also Survey of the Goulburn River between the Running and Kayigai Creeks shewing also the Intermediate Tributaries and Upper Goulburn Road by Assistant Surveyor Pickering

I have the honor to be +c

signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey office Melbourne

27 October 1842

No 42/148

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose you

a

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a tracing from the Map of the parish of Nalangil County of Grant, shewing the Reserve for the Border Police in that County which has been appropriated to this purpose by order of His Honor Mr. Latrobe.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle. Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey office Melbourne

24 October 1842

No 42/149

Sir.

I have to request that you will immediately proceed to examine the Coast from Point Henry to Swam Point and report the best point on the Coast where the following advantages may be found united.

Depth of Water and good holding ground facility of access to the shore

Good grazing ground and fresh water if possible. You will lay out a small village reserve and a number of half sections according to the lay and character of the Country. You will bear in mind that if possible it is imperative to find a locality accessible to large class Steamers.

Immediately after you have completed this Survey you will proceed to the Survey of the Coast from the Mouth of the Barwon to the River Hopkins but in the event of the Weather being such as to prevent this you will proceed with the Survey of the higher ground [ being – struck out ] bearing in mind the instructions you have from time to time received.

I have to observe the Reserve Cutter Ranger is to co-operate with you in your Survey near Pt. Henry. I have +c.

signed Rt Hoddle

[ To: ] Surveyor [ General – struck out ] Smythe

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Survey Office Melbourne

2 November 1842.

No 42/150.

Sir.

In attention to your letter of 12 February 1842 requesting a monthly statement of the manner in which each officer of the Department here is employed I do myself the honor to inform you that Mr. Darke is tracing the River Yarra Yarra with Mr Nutt as his Assistant.

Mr. H. W. H. Smythe has proceeded to lay out land near Point Henry to meet Mr. Boyd’s views as directed in your letter No 42/506.

Mr Pickering surveying in the neighbourhood of the Goulburn River

Mr. Geo. Smythe has I believe received an extension of his Contract from His Honor Mr. Latrobe and is Surveying the Coast in the neighbourhood of Western Port.

For myself I am employed in making the Complete Survey of North and South Melbourne as directed by your letter 42/434, and also in the general superintendence of this branch of your Department.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle S

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey office Melbourne

2 November 1842.

No 42/151

Sir.

By the Sea Horse Steamer I had the honor to forward to you the undermentioned plans.

( See letter No 42/147 of 25 Oct )

I have the honor to be +c.

[ signed – scratched out ] Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

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Survey Office Melbourne

7 November 1842.

No 42/152

Sir.

Your Honor having brought before my notice the circumstance of Mr Darke having been in Town during the Month Of August whilst he was supposed to have resumed his duties. I was aware of the circumstance at the time as the weather being very inclement and the floods being so high as to render it next to impossible to proceed on field duty. I request your sanction to insert his name in the Abstract.

I have the honor to be +c.

Signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] His Honor C. J. Latrobe. Esqr


No 42/152 B.

Survey Office Melbourne

7 November 1842.

Sir.

I have the honor to acknowledge your report dated 2nd Instant as to the most eligible point for embarkation of stock

I have to request you will without loss of time mark out in quarter sections in the most distinct manner the whole of the Land near Swan's Point and send in a Plan of it in duplicate without delay.

I have the honor to be +c.

Signed, Robert Hoddle, Sur

[ To: ] Asst. Sur: H. W. H. Smythe.


No 42/153

Survey Office Melbourne

7 November 1842

Sir.

I do myself the honor to request that you will be pleased to forward at your earliest convenience for the use of this Branch of your Department

Two Circumferentors.

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there being none here but what are in use and Mr. Smythe's instrument his private property, was destroyed by a fire, which, recently occurred in the shop where it had been left for repair. To enable Mr Smythe to carry on his duties I have supplied him with the instrument Mr. Mollison returned upon the termination of his Contract, but it is such an indifferent one that Mr Smythe fears it will be of little service, as will be seen by his letters which I enclose.

I have the honor to be +c

signed, Robert Hoddle, Surveyor

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

No 42/154

Survey Office Melbourne

14 November 1842.

Sir.

Eight of the men attached to your Department here having lately obtained either their freedom or Tickets of leave I do myself the honor to enclose you a requisition for Ten Men and have to request the favour of their being forwarded as early as convenient.

For your information I beg to subjoin a statement of the strength. of each party.

In the Camp and occasionaly employed by me 	3

Mr. Darke's party 					6 
" H. W. H Smythe's 					5 
" Pickering's? 					6 
" Nutt's 						3 
Total 							23 

I have the honour to be +c

signed, Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.

A.

[ Margin annotation: ] Electoral purposes

Bourke

The Bound. of the Dist. are as follows.

Bounded on the E. by the 146° of E. Long. reckoned from the mer. of Greenwich. On the North by the 37th. parallel of South latitude, on the West by the Werribee river and a line drawn due N and S. from the princ. source of the same to the said parallel and by the waters of P.P. and the Sea on the S. and SW.

Publ. in G G. 5 September 1843.

B.

The Boundaries ( now proposed ) of this Dist are as follows.

Bounded on the E by the Dandenong Creek where it empties itself into the Port Phillip Bay. to its source thence by a line due N. + S. to the Yarra Yarra River and by that river to its principal source. , On the North by the Range extending Westerly to Mt Disappt. Macedon + Blackwood. On the West by the Myrniong Creek ( from its source under Mt Blackwood ) and the Werribee River ond on the South + South West by the Waters of Port Phillip –

C.

[ Margin annotation: ] Electoral purposes

Grant

The Boundaries of the Dist are as follows.

bounded on the East by the Western Bounds of the Co of Bourke on the N. by the 37 parallel of South Latitude On the West by the Hopkins River from the sea to its [ source – struck out ] principal source and thence by a line drawn due N and S. to the said parallel, and on the South + South East by the Sea + the Waters of Port Phillip

published in G. G. 5 Sept 1843

D

The Boundaries now proposed . of this Dist are as follows

Bounded on the E. by the Werribee River and the Myrniong Creek to its source under Mt Blackwood On the North by the Range extending Westerly from Mt Blackwood along the heads of the Werribee + Moorarbool Rivers to Mt Bonnington. On the West by the Eastern Branch of

the

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Survey Office Melbourne

19 November 1842.

No 42/155

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose you a Return of One Portion of the Land sold here by Auction on the 19 October last

With the exception of the land selected under the Regulations of 21st. January 1841, returns of which I had the honor to forward you by my letter of 20 September 42/133 the lot sold to Mr. Foster is the only portion which has been disposed of out of those advertised in the Government Gazette of 19 July last.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle Sur.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey office Melbourne

[ in pencil – 30 Nov ] 1 December 1842.

No 42/156

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose your honor two letters from the Surveyor General, the one addressed to me the other to Assistant Surveyor Darke, directing him to proceed to Sydney with as little delay as possible.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esqr.

+c. +c. +c.


Survey Office Melbourne

30 November 1842

No 42/157

Sir.

Herewith I do myself the honor to enclose you a letter from the Surveyor General, directing that you proceed to Sydney at your earliest convenience, it being the Sur: Genls. intention to station you in the Clarence River.

I have +c. signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Asst Sur. Darke.

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Survey Office Melbourne

No 42/158

Acknowledging Goods +c from Sydney

[ To: ] Surveyor General


Survey Office Melbourne.

8 December 1842.

No 42/159

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose you a letter from Assistant Surveyor H W H Smythe applying for an increase of Salary. which application I have much pleasure in recommending to your favourable notice he having performed his duties satisfactorily.

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surveyor General.


Survey office Melbourne

12 December 1842

No 42/160

Sir.

The Surveyor General having directed me to send an efficient officer. to Corner Inlet for the purpose of marking out the Town +c I have to request as soon as you have furnished me with the Plan of the Land surveyed in the neighbourhood of Geelong for the purpose of enabling Mr Boyd to make a purchase of a section of Land for the ship[ ping – struck out ]ment of Cattle +c. and as His Honor The Superintendent intends to place the Cutter “Ranger” at your disposal, you will embrace the first opportunity to proceed and take such an Equipment, and so many men only, as may be considered necessary to perform the duties hereinafter set forth. You will

on

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on your arrival at Corner Inlet set out on the ground by durable marks the entire Town as approved in the design, with which you will be furnished, and forward to me descriptions of the Allotments therein [ asterisk ]

I have the honor to be &c

signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] Assistant Surveyor H W H Smythe

Mr Boyd “ see letter Surveyor General ” No 42/542 –

[ asterisk ] on the completion of the Town. you will be good enough to proceed to mark out the undermentioned Special Surveys. viz

1 John Orr. – 5120 acres on the East Bank of the River Albert –

2. John Reeve. 5120 acres on the [ River – struck out ] Tarra Rivulet

No 42/161.

Letter to Mr John Orr. acquainting him with the above. and to make arrangements accordingly.


Survey office Melbourne 14 dec 1842

No 42/162.

Sir

In attention to the request contained in your letter No 42/585 which I have just received. I do myself the honor to enclose you a list of the Men who have lately become free +c. by which you will observe that no less than 11 men have lately been withdrawn from the strength of this Branch of the Department. so that even with Mr Darkes party there will be a deficiency of hands.

May I therefore beg the favour of the requisition for ten men forwarded in my letter

of

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of 14 Novr. being complied with, as it is better to have a spare man or two in Camp to replace casualties. so as to prevent any officer remaining inactive even for a short period from want of men

I have the honor to be +c.

signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surveyor General


Survey Office Melbourne

14 December 1842

No 42/163.

Sir/.

I have the honor to transmit you a plan of the Towns of North + South Melbourne, as requested by your letter of 9 Sept – No 42/434. the same having been surveyed by myself. of such portions as were incomplete . and the exact situations of proposed allotments +c as they are marked on the ground.

As the plan was completed on the original plotting, I trust that its accuracy may be some apology for the drawing which might have been improved by more finishing.

The names of the proposed Streets were given by His Honor The Superintendent subject to your approval

I have the honor to be &c

signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] The Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

14 December 1842

No 42/164

Sir. I herewith transmit Plans which I have received from Mr Tyers from Portland Bay. the same having been surveyed by Mr Kennedy. whose reports &c are also transmitted. Copies in pencil have been so as to cause as little delay as possible.

I have the honor to be &c

Signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] The Surveyor General.

+c. +c. +c.

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Plans forwarded in Case. directed to the Surveyor General.

1 North & South Melbourne.

2 Survey of part of the Road between J A[ ?? ] ters Station and the River Shaw

3 Survey of the Rivulet near Mt Napier.

4 Portion of the Country Eastward of Mt Napier

5. Survey of the River Shaw

see letter from on other side – and receipt from Postmaster


Survey office Melbourne

December 17. 1842

No 42/165.

Sir

In attention to the request contained in your Circular letter of the 14th Inst. I do myself the honor to enclose for your information a nominal List of all the Prisoners at present employed in the Branch of the Surveyor Generals Department. There are one or two other men belonging to the Department in Jail under sentence, or in the Camp, but as their names have been

I have the honor to be &c.

signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] F. B. St John Esq P.M.

+c. +c. +c.


Survey Office Melbourne

20 December 1842.

No 42/166.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to enclose you the authority for Asst. Surveyor Kennedy’s Increase of Salary.

I have the honor to be &c.

Signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] C. J. Tyers Esq

Surveyor in charge

Portland Bay

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Survey office Melbourne

20 December 1842

No 42/167

Sir. Having just accidentally learnt that Mr Roadkknight was allowed by His Excellency to resume the land which he purchased at the Sale of 3 October 1839 the deposit on which was forfeited. I waited upon His Honor the Superintendent and obtained from him the Colonial Secretary’s letter of 24 November 1841. ( a copy of which I enclose in order that the same may be recorded [ ) ]

I have the honor to be &c

Signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] The Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

23d December 1842

No 42/168

Sir.

With reference to the Colonial Sectys letter of 9th. Inst No 577 addressed to your Honor. stating that I am to be surcharged with the value of any rations I may have received for my own use. and requiring me to furnish a report of the duties for the performance of which I claim forage for a horse

I do myself the honor to enclose your Honor the copy of a letter which I. addressed to the Surveyor General when called on by him to report upon the same subject, the explanation given therein will I trust be so sufficiently satisfactory as to prevent the necessity of my being surcharged – which I cannot but remark would be peculiarly hard upon me

I may however take the liberty of remarking that as my duties have been performed under your immediate eye the accuracy of my report to the Surveyor General can I trust be testified by your Honor. Since writing the letter to

the

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the Surveyor General besides routine duties I have been occupied in remarking all the allotments at South Melbourne. Sandridge. St Kilda and the Salt Water River. preparatory to the Sale of 7 Inst

This will satisfy your honor that my duties have not been confined to the Town alone. and that the services of a Horse were indispensable

I have the honor to be &c.

Signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] His Honor C J Latrobe Esqr

[ The Surveyor General – struck out ].


Survey Office Melbourne

24 December 1842.

No 42/168. B.

[ Margin annotation: ] sent as 42/168

Sir.

I enclose you an application from Mr Assistant Surveyor Pickering for a Circumferentor similar to one which you sent being more convenient and not liable to injury than a spare one which I offered him but which without great care is very liable to suffer injury in carrying it.

I also wish to be supplied [ also – blotted out ] with

Six Surveying chains divided

Three Scales 8 Chains to an Inch

Three do. 2 inches to a Mile

I have the honor to be &c

signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Surveyor General


Survey Office Melbourne

24 December 1842

No 42/169.

Sir.

I enclose you an application from Mr Assistant Surveyor Pickering for the usual allowance of 8d per day for his Tentkeeper. named in the margin

[ Margin annotation: ] James Booth -

I have the honor to be &c

signed Robert Hoddle -

[ To: ] The Surveyor General.


No 42/170 A forwarding Report of Progress from Mr Pickering for Sept. Octr. & Novr. – 1842 – to Surveyor General -

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Survey Office Melbourne

27 December 1842.

No 42/170

Sir.

With reference to your Honor’s minute upon the Police Magistrates letter to me of this days date, in which he requests me to withdraw the Government Men from Mr Nutt. and which your Honor has been pleased to confirm.

I do myself the honor to request the favour of your Honors instructions as to how I am to dispose of Mr Nutt himself. as Mr Nutt is not fitted for Office duty

I have the honor to be &c

signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] C. J. Latrobe Esq

Superintendent


Survey office Melbourne

27 December 1842

No 42/171.

Sir.

I beg to enclose you. the copy of a letter I have received from the Police Magistrate requesting me to withdraw the Government Men from you. I have also to call your attention to the remarks of the Police Magistrate and the confirmation of his Honor The Superintendent upon the back of the letter. and have to request that you will furnish me with any explanation you may conceive necessary previous to my transmitting a report of the circumstances for the information of the Surveyor General.


I have the honor to be &c

Signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Mr Draftsman Nutt.


Survey Office Melbourne

27 Decr. 1842

No 42/172.

Sir. With reference to your letter latter of the 14 Dec No 42/611. in which you inform me that there is one pair of Boots short of the number you forwarded through me to Portland Bay for Mr Tyers.

I

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I do myself the honor to inform you that having myself opened the case and taken out the articles Intended for me I immediately closed the Box without disturbing the articles for Mr Tyers so that it is impossible the boots could have been purloined at this office.


I have the honor to be &c

Signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] The Surveyor General.


Survey Office Melbourne

27 December 1842

No 42/173

Sir.

Mr Contract Surveyor G D Smyth having forwarded to this office Charts of the Eastern Coast of Western Port and applying for the sum due on them amounting to about (£300 ) three hundred pounds. I beg to state that as he cannot forward to me his Field Book ( in consequence of their containing his unplanned Surveys ) and thereby complete the letter of his instructions I am unable to certify to the account but beg to recommend to your Honor that he be allowed an advance to the amount of £300 on the whole Survey which he states to be about 700 miles

I have the honor to be &c

Signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] C. J. Latrobe Esqr

Superintendent

+c. +c. +c.


Survey Office Melbourne

30 December 1842

No 42/174.

Sir.

I do myself the honor to forward you a Return of the Lands sold here on the 7 Dec last.

You will observe by the Gazette of 6 Septr a copy of which I enclose that it was proposed to have offered Suburbans at Doutta Galla and Town allotments at South Melbourne

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and Sandridge, but upon the two first allotments at Doutta Galla having been put up and no offer made the Sub Treasurer by direction of His Honor withdrew them from the Sale

I have the honor to be &c.

Signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] The Surveyor General.


( Letters Mislaid )


Survey office Melbourne

October 8. 1842

No 42/141

Sir,

As you have now joined the strength of this Branch of The Surveyor Generals Department, it becomes my duty to enclose new forms of the monthly Reports of Progress, together with the Surveyor General’s Circular bearing upon the subject.

From the zeal you formerly evinced as an Assistant Surveyor I consider it unnecessary for me to say more than that I shall confidently rely on a continuance of it in the discharge of your duties.

I have the honor to be

Sir, &c

Signed Robert Hoddle

[ To: ] Mr Assist. Surveyor W. W. Darke.

Melbourne---


Survey Office Melbourne

[ July – struck out ] Oct 14. 1842

No 42/143.

Sir,

With reference to my letter No 42/129 of 9 September, in which I intimated my intention of bringing under the notice of His Honor the Superintendent of this District the expence amounting to Seventy one pounds. fourteen shillings to which the Government

had.

[ Margin annotation: ] £71.14.0

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had been put by your nonfulfilment of your Contract, I have now to inform you that having brought the subject before His Honor I am directed to inform you that unless you state good grounds for your Breach of Contract, prompt measures will be adopted for the recovery of the amount

I have the honor to be

Sir,

Your most obedt. Servant

signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] Mr. Mainwarring Chitty.

Surveyor--


Survey Office Melbourne

23d December 1842.

No 42/

Sir.

With reference to the Colonial Secretarys letter of 10th. Instant No 580 in calling your Honor’s attention to the return forwarded in your letter of 24 Septr. last - No 42/1302. of all lands sold under the Regulations of 21 January 1841. and requesting to be informed of the number of lots and date of advertisement of the two portions named in the margin I do myself the honor to enclose you the copies of two letters which I addressed to the Surveyor General at the time I reported the selections in question, by which your Honor will observe that they were never advertised. Your Honor will no doubt recollect of your having been induced to direct the subdivision of two large portions in the parish of Nillumbik, so as to meet the wishes of Mr Beale Mr Lindsays Agent and other holders of small land orders.

I may observe for your information that the parish of Nillumbik was advertised for Sale under the uniform price system since

the

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the 21st. February 1841. but from the land having been laid out principally in very large - quantities and being of inferior quality – only one Section has been disposed of under the regualtions of 21 January 1841.

I have the honor to be

Sir.

Your most obedt Servant

Signed Robert Hoddle.

[ To: ] His Honor

C. J. Latrobe Esq

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A.

[ Margin annotation: ] Electoral purposes

Bourke

The Bound. of the Dist. are as follows.

Bounded on the E. by the 146° of E. Long. reckoned from the mer. of Greenwich. On the North by the 37th. parallel of South latitude, on the West by the Werribee river and a line drawn due N and S. from the princ. source of the same to the said parallel and by the waters of P.P. and the Sea on the S. and SW.

Publ. in G G. 5 September 1843.

B.

The Boundaries ( now proposed ) of this Dist are as follows.

Bounded on the E by the Dandenong Creek where it empties itself into the Port Phillip Bay. to its source thence by a line due N. + S. to the Yarra Yarra River and by that river to its principal source. , On the North by the Range extending Westerly to Mt Disappt. Macedon + Blackwood. On the West by the Myrniong Creek ( from its source under Mt Blackwood ) and the Werribee River ond on the South + South West by the Waters of Port Phillip –

C.

[ Margin annotation: ] Electoral purposes

Grant

The Boundaries of the Dist are as follows.

bounded on the East by the Western Bounds of the Co of Bourke on the N. by the 37 parallel of South Latitude On the West by the Hopkins River from the sea to its [ source – struck out ] principal source and thence by a line drawn due N and S. to the said parallel, and on the South + South East by the Sea + the Waters of Port Phillip

published in G. G. 5 Sept 1843

D

The Boundaries now proposed . of this Dist are as follows

Bounded on the E. by the Werribee River and the Myrniong Creek to its source under Mt Blackwood On the North by the Range extending Westerly from Mt Blackwood along the heads of the Werribee + Moorarbool Rivers to Mt Bonnington. On the West by the Eastern Branch of

the

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E.

County of Normanby

Bounded by the Province of S. Australia on the West. on the South by the Sea. On the East by the Western Boundary of the County of Grant. + on the N by the 37 parallel of South latitude –

F

The Boundaries proposed for the County of Normanby.

from the Mouth of the Glenelg River to its junction with the Stokes, to the Source of the Stokes. The watershed of this County to Mt Napier [ and – struck out ] thence [ by a line – struck out ] to the source of the Moyne River following its course to Port Fairy and the Coast Westerly to the Glenelg –

G

[ Margin annotation: ] Sup Off 5 Feb 1841

Boundaries of the Co of Bourke

The Dandenong Creek from its lower mouth P. Phillip to its source. The Range of Hills extending thence behind Ryries Station to the Dividing range. by this big hill and Mt Macedon following this range at the heads of [ ?? ] Creek + the Eastern Branch of the Werribee, The Eastern Branch of the Werribee tom its confluence with the main stream – The Werribee to its mouth. lastly the Coast line from the Werribee to the Dandenong Creek.

H

[ Margin annotation: ] Sup Off 5 feb 1841.

Boundaries of the County of Grant.

The Coast line from the mouth of the Werribee P. Phillip round to the point bearing South of the Sources of the Barwon An imaginary line from that point to the sources of the Barwon. The Barwon from its source to its junction with the Native hut creek. The Native hut creek from the junction to the Bonninyon + Melbourne Road, the line of that road to the Werribee and the Werribee to its mouth

Memo. The line of the 37 parallel of S Lat will be found probably to run somewhere about 10 miles to the South of Mt Arapiles, of the junction of the Coliban + Campaspe and of Mitchells Town ---

[ Margin annotation: ] Copd. for H E

[ ?? ?? ]

W H D

25 Aug/45

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No 18 Oct 1845

Col. Secy Office Sydney

21 October 1845

45/459

Sir,

I am directed for your Honor’s information and guidance, a copy of a letter which has been addressed to the Surveyor General, conveying certain Instructions to that Officer relative to the defining the boundaries of [ illegible – struck out ] New Counties and to the Survey of Runs beyond the limits

I have +c

signed for Col Secy

W Elyard [ ?? ]

[ To: ] The Superintendent

[ Margin annotation: ] 16 Oct 1845


( Copy )

Colonial Secy Office

Sydney 16 Oct 1845

Sir,

Recurring to the correspondence noted at the margin relative to the defining the boundaries of New Counties and the Assistance to be afforded by your department to the Border Commissioner, in carrying out the recent Regulations for the occupation of Crown Lands beyond the Boundaries of location, I have the honor to convey to you the decision of His Excellency The Governor on the following questions which form the basis of that correspondence or were incidental to it

[ Margin annotation: ] My letters of 1 Aug. last two, 13 Sept.

Your letters

3 Aug.

4 “

6 “

22 Sept.

1st As to the defining the boundaries of New Counties

In my letter of the 1st August, it was intimated that in addition to defining the Boundaries of the five Counties of

Bourke. Grant. Normanby Stanly and Auckland it was proposed to lay out a new County between the Counties of St Vincent and Auckland and one or two Counties in Gippsland. I am now instructed to inform you that this latter duty must of necessity stand over for a few months,

It will therefore only be necessary to perfect the boundaries of the five Counties just named and which are partially described namely Bourke Grant & Normandy at Port Phillip Stanly at Moreton Bay, and Auckland at Two fold Bay. and His Excellency is most anxious that this work should at once be proceeded with

In your letter of the 3d Aug. No 228. you recommend

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[ Margin annotation: ] Port Phillip

From these suggestions as well as from communications which The Governor has had with Mr Latrobe His Excellency is led to believe that there will be no difficulty in fixing proper boundaries for the three Counties in the Port Phillip District and His Excellency therefore feels that nothing more is necessary in respect to them than to authorise such additional expense as Mr Hoddle with the Sanction of Mr La Trobe may find it necessary to incur.”

A surveying party must also be fitted out as soon as possible for defining the boundaries of the County of Auckland and for the performance of such other duties as may be reqd in the adjg. County. In your letter No 228. you propd. that the conduct of this party sd. be entrusted to Mr Townsend. but as that Gentn. is now to join the Expedn. to Pt. Essington some other Officer must of course be selected for this duty and it seems desirable to His Excelly. that the person so selected should have the Assistance of a Junior Officer ( if one can be spared. ) as suggested in your subsequent letter No 298. As however the Coy. of Auckland and indeed the whole of the Maneroe District is now fully occupied by Squatters. His Excellency cannot but hope that this Survg Party may be able to proceed with a lighter equipment than what Surveyors have hitherto been accustomed to encumber themselves with, and as it is now very difficult to procure well behaved convicts His Excellency wd prefer that free men cd be employed for the Service

A similar provision must be made for defining the boundaries of the County of Stanly, As it appears from your letter that there are two Surveyors ( Messs Wade + Warner ) disposable in the Moreton Bay District the arrangement necessary for this

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2 – As to the Survey of Runs beyond the limits

In your letter on this subject No 230 of the 6 August, you have proposed various queries as to the detail of the measuring necessary under this head, It is believed that the Instructions which I have now the honor to communicate to you will be a sufficient reply to these queries or at least to such of them as are material, The measures already authorised at Port Phillip and Moreton Bay will His Excellency hopes lay the foundation of such a system as may suffice in these Districts for the Occupation of Crown Land and for the sale of Homesteads on the plan which has been sanctioned by Her Majesty’s Government The exact relation in which a Surveyor is to stand to the Crown Commissioner in District where it may be necessary to have seperate Individuals filling these two Offices cannot His Excellency thinks as yet be defined, As in most other matters time alone can shew which will be the best arrangement but though difficulties may exist in the first instance His Excellency has little doubt that with proper management and good feeling they may be overcome.

From the nature of his Employment the Commissioner must be the Chief Officer in the District but there is no reason why the Commissioner should not be a Surveyor.

Every homestead must be accurately surveyed in order that it may be described for Deeds, And it is very desirable that there should be in every Homestead at least one point fixed trigonometrically, But the same degree of accuracy is not necessary in respect of the boundaries of Runs –

It is necessary indeed that the boundaries should be fixed and so defined that disputes in respect of them may be as far as possible avoided but it scarcely seems necessary that

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His Excellency does not propose to give to the Surveyor thus employed the title of Assistant Commissioner because His Excellency fears the appointment of a Surveyor with that title has scarcely produced in the neighbouring District of Liverpool Plains the good effects anticipated from it,

Another District in which it may be desirable in like manner to appoint a Surveyor is that of Mr Commissioner Bingham ( Morumbidgee ) and another surveyor or a competent Draftsman. ( if one can be found ) may be appointed to the Lachlan District, Mr Beetchams

The District of Liverpool Plains being of great extent may perhaps be advantageously divided into two or even three, About one third of it might be made into a Seperate District in which Mr Mitchell might act as Commissioner without a Surveyor, or rather act both as Commissioner and Surveyor.

I have to press upon your attention the necessity of having the boundaries of the five Counties completed with the least possible delay. also that the division or reduction of runs. ought to be completed before the 1st of July 1846

I have +c

Signed E D Thomson

[ To: ] The Surveyor General

Sydney

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From Govt Gazette No 68

August 24. 1841 p1127

Colonial Secretarys Office

Sydney 21 August 1841

Occupation of Crown Lands within the Boundaries [ of – struck out ].

With reference to the Regulations of 1 August 1831. 25 September 1839 and 13 February 1840 relative to the Leasing of Crown Lands within the Boundaries of Location and to the 8th clause in the Act of Council 5 Victoria No1. His Excellency the Governor directs it to be notified that it having been found inconvenient to issue annual leases [ leasing - ? – struck out ] in the manner pointed out in the said Regulations, it is proposed in future instead of Annual Leases to Grant Licenses to Depasture Cattle and other Stock in lieu thereof.

The said regulations have accordingly been cancelled so far as to apply to the Leases in question and the following are to be substituted for them –

1st. The land for the occupation of which licenses may be obtained will be advertised from time to time in the Government Gazette.

2d. Persons wishing to have particular land advertised, may apply as heretofore to the Surveyor General for that purpose.

3d. No lot consisting of less than one square mile or 640 acres. will be put up except in Special cases which may render expedient a departure from this rule, And in any case where there is a broken section with water frontage. The Section behind will be added to the lot.

4th. The upset price of each lot. will be specified in the advertisement. The bidding will be upon the upset price and the lot will be knocked down to the highest bidder. The Government however reserves to itself the right of refusing the bidding of any one, and before any bidding is accepted. if the yearly] price of the license does not exceed £5. the same will be demanded. at the fall of the hammer. but if above £5. a deposit of ten per cent. will be required at the fall of the hammer, and the balance to be paid within one month from the day of sale.

5th. Parties failing to pay the Balance. within the period. will forfeit the deposit of Ten per cent and will of course acquire no right to the occupancy of the land intended to have been included in the Licence.

6th. Immediately upon payment of the full amount for the

Letters - page 406

Letter 41/138 on page 299: There’s a report about the sinking of the “Rover” on the Australian National Library’s digital archive Trove from:

Geelong Advertiser Monday 15 November 1841 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/92678886

Letter 42/160 on page 387 Mr Boyd (also mentioned on page 388) is almost certainly the Benjamin Boyd who is famous for founding Boydtown in NSW. He visited Port Phillip in June 1842 en route to Port Jackson. There are plenty of details in the Australian Dictionary of Biography, at:-

http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/boyd-benjamin-ben-1815

And in Wikipedia, at:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Boyd


Page 406 The Regulations of August 21,1841 The full text of this document, and the appended form referred to in Paragraph 6 can be found in the Australian National Library’s online archive Trove.

For example in The Sydney Herald (NSW : 1831 - 1842) Friday 27 August 1841 at:-

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/12870814

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