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Report - George Neumayer, Results of Meteorological Observations, Victoria, 1859-1862, Government Printer, Melbourne, 1864 Document Reg. No: HT 23672

Summary:
Results of the Meterological Observations taken in the Colony of Victoria, 1859-1862; and of the Nautical Observations collected at Flagstaff Observatory, Melbourne, 1858-1862. By George Neumayer, Director of the Flagstaff Observatory. Published by the Government Printer, Melbourne, 1864.
Description:
Leather bound, printed volume with chromolithographic frontispiece. Dark red morrocco leather cover with gilt decoration, marbled endpapers. Text block has gilt edging.
Statement Of Significance:
Flagstaff Observatory, established at Flagstaff Hill in central Melbourne in 1858, was the creation of German scientist Georg Balthasar von Neumayer. The Flagstaff Observatory commenced observations in March 1858, establishing a series of meteorological observations, measurements of atmospheric electricity, and observations of the various elements of terrestrial magnetism. Flagstaff Observatory took over official responsibility for meteorological measurements from the Crown Lands Department in March 1859, and Neumayer coordinated the gathering of measurements from throughout the colony.

Neumayer also examined nearly 200 ships logs from ships' captains who had voyaged to Victoria from Europe, in order to analyse weather and ocean currents. Flagstaff Observatory ceased its observations in November 1863, as responsibility for the magnetic and meteorological observations passed to Melbourne Observatory.

This volume summarises the meteorological observations at Flagstaff Observatory and official stations throughout Victoria from 1859-1862. As such it is the first major scientific publication on Victoria's climate, and its data continues to be used in research on climate change.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 320 mm (Height), 260 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: meteorology, navigation, oceanography
Themes this item is part of: Flagstaff Observatory, 1858-1863, Meteorology at Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1908, Georg Balthazar Neumayer, Scientist (1826-1909), Melbourne Observatory Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1944, Magnetic Observations at Flagstaff & Melbourne Observatories
Primary Classification: ASTRONOMY
Secondary Classification: Research
Tertiary Classification: observational records
Inscriptions: Title Page: Results of the Meteorological Observations taken in the Colony of Victoria during the years 1859-1862; and of the Nautical Observations collected and discussed at the Flagstaff Observatory, Melbourne during the years 1858-1862. / George Neumayer, Director of the Melbourne Flagstaff Observatory. / John Ferres, Government Printer, Melbourne, 1864.
Author: Georg Neumayer - Flagstaff Observatory, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 1864
Organisation Named: Flagstaff Observatory, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1858-1862

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