INSTITUTE OF SURVEYORS
ANNUAL MEETING. The annual meeting of the New Zealand Institute .of Surveyors was held in the Lands Board Room this morning. Mr T. Humphries (president) being in the chair. Thero was a. fair attendance of members.
Prior to the business being commenced. Mr J. Blair Mason extended, on behalf of the local branch of the institute, w. cordial welcome to the veiling members, he pointing out that it was some four years since the annual meeting had been held here. Dunedin had not,'pone back in that period, although it may not have gone ahead as fest. as some of the northern cities. Mr Mason concluded, by stating that it pave the Dunrdin members great pleasure, to welcome their colleagues to this City, and he intimated that the chairman of the Harbor Board had placed the board's new tug at the disposal of the institute for a trip around the harbor to-morrow. The. president briefly returned thanks on behalf of the visitors. The council, in presenting their report, stated that "It would he remembered that at the last annual meeting it was decided that the new scale of charges should be amended in the direetinn of increased travelling allowances when [lacking to camps in distant and mountainous country had to he done Since the meeting effect had been given to the recommendations.
Membership.—They had lost during the year two members by death and one by resignation, and one'associate bv resignation, but gained 18 members' and two students by elretion. The mil stood now at 267 members and eight students. Those who were lust t„ the association by death were P. Bedh'ngtnn and J. L. Dickie., both very cjd members, whose death it grieves the council to record. The heaviest work of the year had been the revision of the by-laws. Starting with the intention of amending only some two or three of the by-laws, it was found on critical examination that the old bv-laws were Aery defective. They were badly arrancod. tautological, redundant, and contradictory, and it. had entailed a vast amount of work on the part of the council and certain of the local committees to rearrange and amend them. It was intended to have submitted them to a general meetin;: of members in August, but at t'ne last moment a host, of new suggestions came from the Nelson committee, and this <-ansed the arrangements to be cancelled. " Unlicensed Purveyors.--Several e;isp<; have been investigated by your council during the year. In one case in particular (he fact- were laid before the .Surveyors' Board, and (hat body had made representations to the University of Otago. It appeared that (he Otago School of Mines issued a. certificate of competency in mining and land surveying, and this had been taken advantage of to the detriment of licen.-ed surveyors. The IToard quite rightly contended" that, it alone had statulorv authoritv to issue licenses t-o survey land.
" Slaiulard Surveys. •- lie-presentation? had been made to the Surveyor-Coneral in respect to standard surveys, urging him to have the mapping brought up to date, and this he had promised to endeavor to do. so that advantage might be. taken of it by surveyors. The matter of securing accurate tracing-, for the use of private surveyors had also been discussed with him. but the council had not been able to arrive at a- satisfactory solution of the, difficulty. "Native Ranch. —A good deal of consul eratioa lias been rdven to questions arising cmt oi native land surveys during the year. Both the. fturveyor-Oneral and the Chief Judge of the Native Land Court had been written to. the latter in respect to certain strictures that had been made by a Judge of the Native Laud Court against .1 wellknown Auckland firm, and the former in respect to the alleged allocation by the Chief Surveyors of Native Land Court :-urvc\s to a, fa\ored linn. "Ac counts.--The revenue for the year amounted to £205 lis 9d. and the expenditure to £505 2s od, the latter being swelled !>v the cost of the, libraries '£7o 4s Id], and by extra heavy travelling expense,-, due mo-fly to the cost of meetings in connection with the revision of the bylaws. The revenue was smaller than it should have been on account of non-pay-ment of .subscriptions by a larger number of members than usual ; due. possibly, to their not having been importuned as much ;l ; n-ual. th" secretary being short-handed roving to stall' volunteering for service at the front. Tim war also accounted for the nnn-piivnieiit of advertisements usually collected in October and November-.
" Society of Civil Engineers. ■ As a result nf the negotiation--, of t-he sub-commit-tee set up in connection wit!) the proposal to form an Institute of Engineon, it. was arranged, through the mediation of the Wellington tnembrrs of the English Jnstitutiriii of Civil Engineers, that the constitution of the- Institute, "f Local Ooveniment Engineers lie. altered, forming a new .-ocirlv with a. wider scope. This new society, entitled the New Zealand .Society of Civil Engineer-, had now been incorporated, and candidates po-e-sing the iieeossaiv qualification- were eligible fur menibenhip/'
M i ' Willianw drew attention to the reiorcii'-,. i-ogavdjiiLr een ifi'-ates. being issued by the Oi.-i-o School of Mine*, ft was only the other day that, .his attention was drawn t-o the fact that- the director of th<- Scj'i.,o|. of Mines had issued licenses to certain men from the school, no w.,ub! iik'- to ]-;uow what, power tho director had !•> do so. It- wa.s an impori.a.nt (luestior. It- should be made quite clear !■> tii" cvi.oral public- that whatever diploma..- were issued by the. .School of Mines they in no way qualified th« recipient to practice as a .surveyor. The President- said that tho. matter had not, been lost, sight, of; in fact, there had Ik-en an admission that tho certificates did ]i--,t. entitle the recipient to practice, but a. ' ompromise of some kind wa.s wa.nt-ed. Mr Williams also pointed out that the question of underground mining was an important- one. as faulty .surveying mightresult in loss of life. The. School of Mines had n<> power to deal with nialpr.-n-fires, whereas the. Mirvcyers" I'.eard had the opinion some of the men from the, Mining School know more about- underground minim:: than thrce-fourhs of the li.eused ?:irAfter s.-me further discussion the report was adopted. -OfT'ice-bcarers.-----Mr 'l'. Humidities was ro-eirc;,<i sirsident, and Messrs E. T. Ledger, das. Mdverrov. . and .1. E. Fulton wen- ,tni«>iiiivd i-oiiiictiiors. Tho following were admitted as. members of the institute :-G. P. Middicton. C. )'.. Turner. Jf. C. Shannon. ('. W. Ev-ster. V. Looker. IE TCel,.,. ]>. S. Shercat!. T. .Mountain, P. ('. Yr:i>\. W. M. (ira.v. .1. Hannah. A. E. Waters, d. S. Mm'rav. das. Stevenson, IT. E. Priinro..-.-. 'J. >'. 'C.llvin. Tlie revised bv laws wore i.hen dis. ue-ed and ad.,pt.-d with certain a m.-nd men- s.
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INSTITUTE OF SURVEYORS, Evening Star, Issue 15705, 20 January 1915