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Corporate entry Sydney Observatory

State of New South Wales

From
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Functions
Astronomy or Space Science
Website
http://www.sydneyobservatory.com.au/
Location
Watson Road, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales

Summary

Sydney Observatory began as a time-ball tower in the mid-nineteenth century. It was soon expanded and became a full observatory. The Observatory was converted in 1982 and now operates as a museum, focusing on astronomy and its history. Sydney Observatory, along with the Powerhouse Museum, is managed by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

Published resources

Books

  • Kerr, James Semple, Sydney Observatory: a Conservation Plan for the Site and its Structures, Rev. ed. edn, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney, 2002, 84 pp. Details
  • Russell, H. C., The Sydney Observatory: history and progress, Thomas Richards, Govt. Printer, Sydney, 1882. Details
  • Russell, Roslyn, Two People and a Place: the Family Who Lived in Sydney Observatory, Roslyn Russell Museum Services, Sydney, 2008, 219 pp. Details
  • Wood, H. W., Sydney Observatory, 1858 to 1958, Sydney, 1958. Details
  • Wood, Harley, Sydney Observatory 1958 to 1981, Government Printer, Sydney, 1982, 14 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Bhathal, Ragbir, '150 Years of Sydney Observatory', Astronomy & Geophysics, vol. 50, no. 3, 2009, pp. 26-30. Details
  • Nightingale, H. C., 'Centenary of Sydney Observatory', The Australian Surveyor, 1958, pp. 95-101. Details
  • Orchiston, W., 'From Research to Recreation: the Rise and Fall of Sydney Observatory', Vistas in Astronomy, vol. 32, 1988, pp. 49-63. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne, 'Sydney Observatory - Past, Present and Future', British Astronomical Association, New South Wales Branch Bulletin, vol. 609 (Suppl, 1982. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne, 'Illuminating Incidents in Antipodean Astronomy: Phillip Parker King and the Founding of Sydney Observatory', Vistas in Astronomy, vol. 32, 1988, pp. 285-301. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne, 'Mission Impossible: William Scott and the First Sydney Observatory Directorship', Journal of Astronomical Historyand Heritage, vol. 1, no. 1, 1998, pp. 21-43. Details
  • Wood, H. W., 'Sydney Observatory. its History and Work', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 1, 1939, pp. 189-193. Details

Reviews

  • Gillespie, Richard, review of Two people and a place: the family who lived in Sydney Observatory, Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 19, no. 2, 2008, pp. 223-5. Details

Online Resources

See also

Ailie Smith