Research Document # 27
October, 2003
Pacific Islands Survey Expedition:
Maps & Photos
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Late in 1938 an expedition was undertaken to evaluate certain British islands in the South Pacific for their suitability for aviation operations, both the construction of airfields and the use of lagoons by flying boats. The photographs, maps, and contour plans produced were archived as part of the reports. Our thanks to Wigram Air Force Base Archives, RNZAF, for permission to reproduce these images on our website.

Technical Notes

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Contour map of Aerodrome Reserve.

Soundings map of lagoon.

Overall topographic map.


Tying off to the Norwich City.

Landing stores.

A balky condenser.

Tent city.

The survey party.

The colonists.

The island and Norwich City.

Detail showing camp.

Jack Petro.

Photos courtesy and © Royal New Zealand Air Force, Wigram Air Force Base Archives.
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