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Tellurometer connection from Ayers rock, NT, 1969

Tellurometer connection from Ayers rock, NT
From the XNATMAP website. A great archive of Australia's surveying history.

Some wonderful footage of the 1969 Groundmarking for Aerodist field season. Note that there is no sound track. The summit cairn was replaced by the pedestal and bronze plaque a year later.


The sign at the base of the rock caught our attention. It reads: 
NOTICE
The public is hereby notified that the climbing of this rock is a difficult and dangerous feat and that this board accepts no responsibility for injury or loss of life to persons engaged in climbing the rock. 
Rescue gear is available at the curator's cottage.
by order of the board. A Prose  - Chairman.



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