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Digital Image - Poem on the Departure of Joseph Burley, Melbourne Observatory, 1890 Image Reg. No: MM 112616

Summary:
Poem by W. J. Swan on the departure of Joseph Burley, Melbourne Observatory, 10 or 18 September 1890.

Joseph Burley was a messenger and mechanical attendant at Melbourne Observatory from 1879 to 1890.
Statement Of Significance:
This poem offers a rare insight into the workplace life and culture of Melbourne Observatory during the 19th century. It captures the workplace camaraderie between the staff, describes neatly the work of the messenger, and evokes the weekly 'sausage fry' BBQ held each Friday.
Description Of Content:
Poem by W. J. Swan on the departure of Joseph Burley, Melbourne Observatory, 10 September 1890.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Barbara Dowling, 2010
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: observatories, astronomers, staff, poetry
Themes this item is part of: Melbourne Observatory Collection, Science & Measurement Collection
Primary Classification: ASTRONOMY
Secondary Classification: Research
Tertiary Classification: observatories
Inscriptions: 'Ode written on the occasion of the Departure of J. Burley, Melb Obsy [10 or 18]th Seot 1890. W.J.S...'
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White
Author: Mr William Swan - Melbourne Observatory, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 18 Sep 1890
Person Commemorated: Mr Joseph Burley - Melbourne Observatory, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 18 Sep 1890

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