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Corporate entry Commonwealth Solar Observatory (1924 - c. 1950)

Commonwealth of Australia

1 January 1924
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
c. 1950
Astronomy or Space Science
Reference No
CA 634
Legal Status
Agency of the Commonwealth of Australia
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory


The Commonwealth Solar Observatory was established in January 1924, one of its purposes being the study of solar phenomena. By 1950 the Observatory's name had changed, becoming the Commonwealth Observatory.


 1924 - c. 1950 Commonwealth Solar Observatory
       c. 1950 - 1957 Commonwealth Observatory
             1957 - c. 1967 Mount Stromlo Observatory
                   c. 1967 - Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Mount Stromlo Observatory, 1936 - 1956, MS 037; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details
  • Walter Geoffrey Duffield - Records, 1880 - 1987, MS 095; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Frame, Tom and Faulkner, Don, Stromlo: an Australian Observatory (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2003), 364 pp. Details

Journal Articles


Resource Sections

  • 'Primary description of agency CA 634; Commonwealth Solar Observatory/ (by 1950) Commonwealth Observatory/ (from 1957) Mount Stromlo Observatory/ (by 1967) Mount Stromlo and Sidining Spring Observatories, Registration of entity: 22 March 1982', in RecordSearch, National Archives of Australia, 2000, Details

See also

  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, Details
  • Bhathal, Ragbir, 'How Mount Stromlo Observatory shed its imperial beginnings', A&G: News and Reviews in Astronomy & Geophysics, 55 (6) (2014), 6.33-6.35. Details

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