A copy of this manual surfaced
recently in the collection of Allan Walker. When the document was shown at an
RAC gathering in December 2003, Mike Wood immediately recognised it as a manual
he had authored in 1959. As if the discovery of a surviving Adastra manual is
not significant enough, Mike also recognised it as the original copy!
Because of the rarity of this document, together with the fact that it describes
Adastra's photographic survey operations in detail, it was decided that it should
be reproduced on the website in full. Furthermore, it was also decided that it
should be a facsimile reproduction. This presented numerous problems. Firstly,
the manual was printed on foolscap paper. Secondly, the document was apparently
printed on a Gestetner machine and the type is now faded and fuzzy, so presenting
the manual as a series of 70 scanned images was not an option. Quite clearly,
the document had to be re-typed!
Although we had considered employing a secretarial service to do it, Kevin Pavlich
decided to bite the bullet and do it "in house". Actually it was done
in several houses, for he enlisted the aid of his daughters Kathy and Leone who
have laboriously prepared a stunningly faithful recreation of the manual. Thank
you Kathy and Leone for a brilliant effort!
In order to preserve the layout of the manual, it is presented here in Portable
Document Format (PDF). To view the manual you will require Adobe Reader to be
installed on your computer. If you don't have this program, it can be downloaded
free of charge from the Adobe website. Alternatively, many computer magazine cover
CDs include the program. There is also provision for downloading the PDF as a
compressed (Zip) file.