Surveyor's Chain

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This coiled up inter-linked object is also known as a Gunter's chain. It was named after its inventor, Reverend Edmund Gunter (1581-1626), who was a professor of astronomy at Gresham College, London.

Chains are used to survey land, and to measure and mark out property boundaries. A chain is also an imperial unit of measure equivalent to twenty two yards (approx 20 metres). All suveyors' chains are a chain long; the length of a cricket pitch! Reportedly this chain was brought by Capt. McPherson when he came to Hamilton aboard the Rangiriri and later was used to survey much of the Waikato land during the 1860s.
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Steel chain with brass handles
Total Length: 66 feet
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Waikato Historical Society Collection
Courtesy of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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