BC Land Surveyors

Welcome back! This edition takes a look at BC Land Surveyors, who are celebrating their 100th Anniversary throughout 2005.

In 1891 the BC government passed the first Land Surveyors Act. Surveyors appointed under that first Act were permitted to use the designation PLS: Provincial Land Surveyor. In 1905 the Corporation of Land Surveyors of the Province of British Columbia was formed. This professional body was given the right to examine applicants for membership and qualify successful candidates to use the BCLS designation.

Published in November 2004, Surveying Northern BC by Jay Sherwood— Caitlin Press Inc., Prince George, BC—is a wonderful photojournal of the survey adventures of Frank Swannell. Through a series of very interesting pictures, the book follows Mr. Swannell’s surveying of the north-east and some of the north-west parts of our immense province, from 1908 to 1914.

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