Historical Tour

In the Footsteps of Goyder

Facilitated by Michael Wells & Trevor Menzies, Commentary by Lon Wallis

The half day tour will include:

  • A viewing of the Exhibition “In the Footsteps of Goyder” that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Darwin at Roadmasters House Museum.
  • A visit to Goyder Park which commemorates the original camp that has evolved into the City of Darwin.
  • A bus trip to the Virginia Townsite which was surveyed by the Goyder Expedition but never developed. Many original survey marks are still in place.
  • A bus trip to Southport townsite near Berry Springs that was another townsite surveyed by the Expedition.

This tour is free but there are limited space, please book as part of the registration process

Michael Wells


Director Heritage Branch, Parks, Wildlife and Heritage Division, Department of Tourism and Culture


Michael has degrees in Architecture, and Urban and Regional Planning. He has worked for the Heritage Branch since 2003, and has been Director of the Branch since 2005. He has lived in Darwin for most of the last 25 years.

Trevor Menzies


Manager, MSIA Heritage Program


Historical Tour: In the footsteps of Goyder

Trevor Menzies graduated in surveying from the Western Australian Institute of Technology in 1971 and was registered as a Licensed Surveyor in 1972. He completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Photogrammetric Engineering at the International Institute for Aerial Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC) in Enschede, The Netherlands, in 1974. He was employed by government survey and mapping agencies in the Northern Territory of Australia for 32 years holding successive appointments as Land Surveyor; Manager of Photogrammetry and Aerial Survey ; Assistant Director of Mapping and Land Information; and Surveyor- General.

He served as National President of the Institution of Surveyors, Australia in 1990/91; and National President of the Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia, from 2007 to 2009. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Mapping Sciences Institute, Australia (MSIA), and a Fellow of the Surveying and Spatial Science Institute (SSSI). He is currently Manager of the MSIA Heritage Program with the task of promoting Australia’s cartographic heritage.



Member of the Top End Native Plant Society and the Historical Society of the Northern Territory


Lon Wallis is a member of the Top End Native Plant Society and the Historical Society of the Northern Territory. He has researched the plant and bird specimens collected by Goyder’s naturalist, Frederick Schultze. These include preserved specimens in herbariums and paintings of specimens commissioned by Goyder.

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For a limited time, save over AUD $300 on full congress registration which includes entry to all sessions; a conference program; name badge; lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments; and entry to the Ice Breaker Reception and Congress Dinner.

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