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Robert Lewis John Ellery (1827-1908), astronomer and public servant, was born on 14 July 1827 at Cranleigh, Surrey, England, son of John Ellery, surgeon, and his wife Caroline, née Potter.

By the middle of the century demand for land, ready for settlement, began to exceed the capacity of the government to prepare property using traditional surveying techniques based on astronomy.  In response a modern method of mathematical…

Three elements of the Geodetic Survey Baseline are the South Base, the North Base and the Green Hill Extension.

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