Percival, Arthur (1879-1964)

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surveyor-general; Surveyor
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Arthur Percival (1879-1964), surveyor-general, was born on 10 February 1879 at Dunedin, New Zealand, son of William James Sims Percival, draughtsman, and his wife Annie, née Bradley, both English born....

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Arthur Percival worked for the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works (1902-1909) where he produced the contour base map used in the design competition for the Federal capital. While there he was also employed to do the survey work necessary to lay out the city and dam sites on the Cotter and Queanbeyan rivers. He was Commonwealth surveyor-general and chief property officer in Canberra from1929-1944.

After arriving in Australia in 1897, Arthur Percival was engaged on mining surveys and engineering works in New South Wales and Queensland. In 1902 he joined the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works and during World War I he surveyed defence establishments in New South Wales and Victoria, carried out hydrographic work in Spencer Gulf, South Australia, and reported on land values for war service homes subdivisions. Next Percival was appointed Officer-in-charge of the property and survey branches of the Department of Home and Territories in Melbourne (1920-1929). This was followed by a post as Commonwealth surveyor-general and chief property officer in Canberra 1929-1944. After his retirement (1944?) he was retained as an adviser on land transfers for Garden Island naval facilities.

  • Career position - Engineer with the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works
  • Career position - Officer-in-charge of the Property and Survey branches of the Department of Home and Territories in Melbourne
  • Career position - Foundation member of the Canberra Artists' Society
  • Career position - President of the Victorian Institute of Surveyors
  • Career position - Commonwealth Surveyor-General and Chief Property Officer in Canberra
  • Career position - Advisor to the Australian Survey Committee
  • Career position - President of the Canberra Artists' Society
  • Career position - Advisor to the Australian Survey Committee
  • Career position - Chairman of the Commonwealth Shipping Board
  • Career position - Chair of a sub-committee of the inter-departmental committee on the aerial photographic survey of Australia
  • Career position - Chairman of the Canberra Advisory Council
  • Career position - President of the Canberra Artists' Society
  • Life event - Migrated to Australia (New South Wales?)

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Percival, Arthur
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Percival, Arthur (1879-1964), Surveyor-General
    Atchison, John
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 11, 198-199

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  1. Arthur Percival collection, 1910-1912 [Arthur Percival]
    Percival, Arthur, 1879-1964
    [ Photograph : 1910-1912 ]
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  2. Papers
    Percival, Arthur, 1879-1964
    [ Unpublished ]
    At National Archives
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  3. Majura camp galley fire, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, ca. 1911 / Arthur Percival
    Percival, Arthur, 1879-1964
    [ Photograph : 1910-1912 ]
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  4. Williamstown Dockyard
    Percival, Arthur, 1879-1964
    [ Map : 1942 ]
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    Williamstown Dockyard
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  5. Plan of contour survey of site for proposed storage reservoir Queanbeyan River : Parishes: Googong, Carwoola & Yarrow, County of Murray / A.Percival, Surveyor
    Percival, Arthur, 1879-1964
    [ Map : 1910 ]
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    Plan of contour survey of site for proposed storage reservoir Queanbeyan River : Parishes: Googong, Carwoola & Yarrow, County of Murray / A.Percival, Surveyor
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  6. Molonglo River crossing near the church, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, ca. 1911 / Arthur Percival
    Percival, Arthur, 1879-1964
    [ Photograph : 1910-1912 ]
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  7. Plan of contour survey of site for proposed storage reservoir Queanbeyan River, parishes Googong, Carwoola & Yarrow, County of Murray [drawn by Nicholas Thomas] ; A. Percival, Surveyor
    Thomas, Nicholas
    [ Map : 1910 ]
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    Plan of contour survey of site for proposed storage reservoir Queanbeyan River, parishes Googong, Carwoola & Yarrow, County of Murray [drawn by Nicholas Thomas] ; A. Percival, Surveyor
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  8. Plan of contour survey of site for proposed storage reservoir Queanbeyan River, parishes Googong, Carwoola & Yarrow, County of Murray (No. 6)
    Owen, Percy T. (Percy Thomas), 1864-1936
    [Maps, technical drawings and diagrams to accompany unpublished report regarding ornamental waters in the Federal Capital Territory] [cartographic material].
    [ Map : 1929 ]
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    At Trove DigitalLibrary
    Plan of contour survey of site for proposed storage reservoir Queanbeyan River, parishes Googong, Carwoola & Yarrow, County of Murray (No. 6)
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  9. Plan of portions 18v & 19v, Parish of Eidsvold, County of Wicklow [certified by] Arthur Percival
    Queensland. Survey Office
    [ Government publication, Map : 1901-1910 ]
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    Plan of portions 18v & 19v, Parish of Eidsvold, County of Wicklow [certified by] Arthur Percival
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  10. Plan of contour survey of site for proposed storage reservoir Queanbeyan River, parishes Googong, Carwoola & Yarrow, County of Murray / A. Percival, surveyor, July 1910
    Owen, Percy T. (Percy Thomas), 1864-1936
    [ Map : 1929 ]
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    At National Library
    Plan of contour survey of site for proposed storage reservoir Queanbeyan River, parishes Googong, Carwoola & Yarrow, County of Murray / A. Percival, surveyor, July 1910
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  1. [Biographical cuttings on Arthur Percival, engineer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Arthur Percival collection, 1910-1912 [Arthur Percival]
    Percival, Arthur, 1879-1964
    [ Photograph : 1910-1912 ]
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  3. Portrait of Arthur Percival / Zusters
    Zusters, Reinis, 1918-1999
    [ Art work : 1951 ]
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    Portrait of Arthur Percival / Zusters
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  4. Arthur Percival seated outside of the sleeping quarters at the Majura camp, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, ca. 1911
    [ Photograph : 1910-1912 ]
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  5. Arthur Percival driving a sulky pulled by Lady, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, ca. 1911
    [ Photograph : 1910-1912 ]
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