- Engineering technology
Colonial Museum and Geological Survey Department. Reports of Geological Explorations. Wellington, N.Z.: James Hughes, 1871.
James Hector was appointed director of the New Zealand Geological Survey and Colonial Museum in 1865, to undertake the complete geological and natural resources survey of New Zealand. Over the next 25 years he and his staff accounted for most parts of the country, producing annual reports. This is a report on an area west of Christchurch in which coal resources had earlier been found by Julius von Haast. The geological section drawing relates to another report on the Kaikoura area, also by von Haast.
Henry A. Gordon. Mining and Engineering and Miners' guide. Wellington, N.Z.: Samuel Costall, Govt. Printer, 1894.
Gordon's first miners' guide was printed in 1889, and later enlarged to assist miners and engineers with a wide range of skills. A sound background in mathematics and physics would be essential to make use of this comprehensive work.
Regulations for Conducting the Survey of Land in New Zealand. Wellington: [Dept. of Lands and Survey], c1908.
Land surveying was fundamental to colonial settlement and land acquisition. The surveying system was centralized in 1900 and a national qualification was set up for surveyors. Only those able to use the skills presented in this book could be qualified and licensed to survey land. It has tables for computation of triangulation, specimens of topographical and property maps, and the surveying regulations themselves. Donor Robert McNab was Minister of Lands and Agriculture when it was published.