Between 1833 and 1836 James Sprent, Assistant Surveyor, set up about fifty survey points across southern Tasmania. They were approximately fifty kilometres apart, and were marked with various poles, tree trunks and stone cairns. Some of his stone cairns are still standing; I am told this is one of them. Sprent's surveys were so detailed and accurate that they fit today's measurements with no need for adjustment, but his years in the bush impaired his health. In 1858 he was made Surveyor General, but was forced to retire later that year and died a few years later.
|lunch beside the cairn|
|views from the top|
|I can see Mt Wellington from here!|
|we know where we are|
There is a good article about early Tasmanian surveyors and their markers here: