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Manual of Instructions for the Survey of Dominion Lands, 1st to 10th Editions
This section contains the general instructions of the Surveyor General published in the 1st to 10th editions of the Manual. All editions are available online as scanned images only. The publications were only printed in English. French versions were never produced. Consult the Guide to Standards for Surveys, Survey Plans & Survey Records of Dominion and Canada Lands (in preparation) for further historical details.
The Supplement to the Manual of Instructions contains information that at one time formed part of the Manual of Instructions. It contains directions for determining the astronomical and magnetic meridians, on the use of instruments, and on problems connected with surveying the various township systems of Western Canada. In particular, it contains a number of tables specially adapted to these township surveys.
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|Manual||Date in Force||File format|
|4th Ed. First Part - Preliminary||1890||DJVU|
|5th Ed. First Part||1902||DJVU|
|Maps and Specimen Plans||1910||DJVU|
|Maps and Specimen Plans||1918||DJVU|
|10th Edition (Reprint)||1956||DJVU|
|Amendment (sec. 118)||1982||DJVU|
|Supplement||Date in Force||File format|
|Gen. Report of Operations 1869-89
(2nd Section - DLS System Theory)
|Amendments (Table XVII)||no date|
|Amendments (Table XIII)||no date|
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