Aerial survey map west of Tully, 1936

Aerial survey map west of Tully, 1936. In the 1930s, the rugged jungle country west of Tully presented numerous challenges for ground survey and remained ‘practically terra incognita’ as far as the Survey Office was concerned. Developments in aerial survey provided opportunities to examine large tracts of land and determine their value for exploitation. In 1936, Adastra Airways Ltd was contracted for the aerial survey of about 650 square miles. The company established its headquarters in Cairns and despite bad weather, succeeded in surveying approximately 560 square miles. Examination of the feature maps prepared from the photography revealed extensive scrub in the Tully and Jarra Creek valleys which had the potential for settlement. In this aerial mosaic, topographic features were highlighted including the Kennedy-Kirrama road under construction which would provide access to the valuable timbers in the Kirrama State Forest. This road was partially financed through unemployment relief funds made available during the Depression. Queensland parliamentary papers, Vol 2, 1936-37

Department of Lands
Date captured: 
12 April 2011
Date created: 
12 April 2011
Date issued: 
1 January 1936
Kennedy, QLD
18° 12' 17.8812" S, 145° 57' 21.8772" E