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30 June 2014

Surveyor Thomas Florence

instrument3 ON THIS DAY – 30th June 1828 Thomas Florence recorded Termeil Lagoon and Lake Tobourie and explores Burrill Lake.
(Burrill, Aboriginal for Wallaby or a tree with a green and white leaf)

Born in England in 1783 he worked in Canada as a surveyor and engineer, he served in the Royal Engineers in the American War until ill health caused him to return to England.
Seeking a milder climate he arrived in Sydney in 1817.
1827 he commenced a survey of the coastline and some of the estuaries between Jervis Bay and Moruya.
His surveys were very comprehensive and he was responsible for many of the names we use now, more details can be seen by following the links below.
He eventually moved to New Zealand and died in Auckland in 1867 aged 84.

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