WELLS OF HOPE

Australian Geographic - - Your Say -

As a for­mer Royal Aus­tralian Sur­vey Corps car­tog­ra­pher, I was in­volved in the cre­ation of many maps of the out­back (Big Pic­ture, AG 139). Al­most all had at least one wind-pow­ered pump por­trayed, and some­times no other hu­man-made fea­tures. All of these were de­scribed in the leg­end as wind­pumps, be­cause this is tech­ni­cally cor­rect. I of­ten used to won­der in my early days if any­one other than us re­ferred to them as such.

Once I com­menced work­ing in the field, I re­alised they were called many names in ad­di­tion to those men­tioned, in­clud­ing mill, pump and wind­pump. How­ever, we didn’t care what they were called when driv­ing through hot, dry, fea­ture­less ar­eas, be­cause a wind­pump sighted in the dis­tance meant there was prob­a­bly wa­ter ahead and time for a break from our sur­vey work. STU­ART SYMONDS BENDIGO,VIC

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