Philip Francis  Adams ( 1828 - 1901)

Adams was a surveyor, viticulturist and astronomer who arrived in Sydney in 1845. In July he was appointed district surveyor for Maitland. In 1857 he was transferred to the southern district, with his headquarters at Albury. There he devoted much time to wine-growing at Ettamogah where he planted a vineyard which later gained high repute. In 1862 Adams was appointed acting deputy surveyor general.  In 1864 he was appointed deputy surveyor general and in 1865 he reported on the necessity of a trigonometrical survey. Two years later work began on measuring the base line at Lake George and in 1870.  He was made surveyor-general 17 March 1868. 

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