Made to Measure

The ABCLS Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of the 2005 Legacy Book, Made to Measure, written by Katherine Gordon. This book was developed to celebrate 100 years of land surveying in British Columbia and was made possible by the generous donations of BC Land Surveyors.

“Land surveyors have played a fundamental role in the unique settlement history of British Columbia. The story of their work is awe-inspiring.Less than 150 years ago, the province, this rough and beautiful child of imperial ambition’s was largely a vast wilderness, occupied by societies without written maps. Within a few years, that would change forever. Men from London and Victoria made their way along trails and up waterways, observing the stars, setting their compasses, and drawing the lines that would become roads and railways, international and provincial boundaries, towns and cities, farms and homes. Those invisible lines continue to form the backbone of British Columbia’seconomic and settlement structure.

This popular history tells the remarkable story of the men and women who surveyed the province. Using basic equipment, surveyors endured arduous work conditions. They witnessed the tragedy of colonial impact on aboriginal peoples, protected the interests of prospectors, settlers, and entrepreneurs, pioneered aerial technologies in the mountains, and left their names on landmarks all over British Columbia. Made to Measure paints an engaging, vivid portrait of land surveyors and their influence on British Columbia, linked inextricably to both past and future settlement.

“Made to Measure” may be ordered direct from the ABCLS office. It is hardback, 376 pages, $32.00 (includes tax). Shipping is extra. Please consider giving this book as a gift to your local high school library – it is a great resource for teachers and students. And how about your survey crews, what an ideal present for them!

For more information regarding this book, please read the book review.