About Us.

Who we are

Established 1893 Rygate Surveyors has been long regarded as one of the most reputable surveying companies in New South Wales. Our office is based in the Sydney CBD from which we service the greater Sydney region and New South Wales in general.

We have embraced technology to move with the times and are constantly looking forwards to ensure that we have best solution for our clients. We take our role in the profession seriously and are actively involved in the Institution of Surveyors New South Wales.

Meet our directors

The team at Rygate Surveyors is highly skilled and qualified with a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of land surveying. We are heavily involved in the profession and have a focus on training the next generation of surveyors. We encourage accountability and professionalism from all members of our team and provide regular training opportunities to help all team members advance through their career. With experts in every field and over 125 years of history behind us the team at Rygate Surveyors is best placed to guide you through your next project

Greg Frith

Bachelor of Surveying (Uni. NSW), Registered Land Surveyor (1986), member of Institution of Surveyors, New South Wales.

Alan Friscic

Associate Diploma of Engineering (Surveying), Associate member of the Institution of Surveyors, New South Wales.

Mick Brown

Bachelor of Surveying (2006 Newcastle University), Registered Land Surveyor, member of Institution of Surveyors, New South Wales

Our strength is our history

1863
P.W. Rygate
Philip William Rygate was born in Wellington, N.S.W. in 1863. His father was a doctor in the town and had four sons, three of whom also became doctors. Philip was educated at Newington College and matriculated in 1879.
1863
1903
Clive E. Anderson
Clive Eric Anderson, born in 1883 in Bathurst, the son of a licensed surveyor and a cousin of Philip Rygate, joined the latter’s staff in 1903. He served articles but failed to qualify for a licence.
1903
1914
Partnership with P.W. Rygate & West
In 1914, Clarence James Lyle West was employed by Philip Rygate as an articled survey pupil. Lyle West’s mother, who had been widowed at an early age, knew Philip Rygate, probably through several property dealings with which she had been involved, and it is believed she was responsible for introducing her son to Rygate.
1914
1920’s
Between the wars
The practice flourished during the busy 1920’s till hit by the great economic depression of the early 1930’s. Amongst the better known students who gained their qualifications with the firm in those days were J. F. McIlwraith, later Chief Surveyor at the Water Board, Cecil Rich, Charles R. Stoddart and Harold Preston-Stanley.
1920’s
1940
The war years
Early in 1940, Alderton enlisted, followed later by Champion, leaving West with a somewhat depleted and ageing staff.
1940
1945
The post war period (1945 - 1972)
Lyle West returned to the practice in June 1945, first sharing premises with Foxall and Lines. The ever- faithful chainman George Ford was re-engaged and Roger Hogan was the first post-war articled pupil, commencing articles in July 1945.
1945
Post-war years
The South Coast office
In the early post-war years, the firm had several long-standing clients with properties at Sussex Inlet and Ulladulla. Both of these yielded quite a lot of subdivision work.
Post-war years
1972
Foxall & Lines
In September 1972, G.C.S. (Geoff) Foxall, who was the sole remaining partner of the firm, Foxall & Lines, amalgamated that firm with P.W. Rygate & West, becoming himself a partner in Rygate & West.
1972