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Negative - Assistant on the Astrograph Project, Melbourne Observatory, circa 1905 Image Reg. No: MM 059414

Female assistant using a photographic plate measuring machine to measure the precise positions of stars for the international Astrograph Project, around 1905.

The machine being used is probably one made by Repsold & Son; Melbourne Observatory purchased two machines, in 1899 and 1902. They were subsequently sent to Sydney Observatory; one is now held by the Powerhouse Museum: see their registration number H10066.
Description Of Content:
Seated woman using astrograph plate measuring machine, probably at Melbourne Observatory (otherwise Sydney Observatory).
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: astronomy, astronomical instruments, workers, astrographs, astronomers, observatories
Themes this item is part of: Mapping the Stars at Melbourne Observatory, Astrographic Catalogue, Images & Image Making Collection, Melbourne Observatory Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Positional Astronomy at Melbourne Observatory, Weights & Measures at Melbourne Observatory, Melbourne Observatory & Standard Time in Victoria, Transits of Venus, 1874 & 1882, Buildings at Melbourne Observatory, Star Observations & Personal Equation, Meteorology at Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1908, Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1944, Geodetic Survey of Victoria, 1858-1872
Primary Classification: ASTRONOMY
Secondary Classification: Research
Tertiary Classification: laboratory instruments
Format: Negative - Copy: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: Melbourne Observatory, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, circa 1905


Toner Stevenson Posted on 18 Jun 2013 10:54 AM
Hi, this is definitely at Melbourne Observatory, not Sydney Observatory. Measurement at Sydney Observatory did not start until 1916 and also the table represented here and the room are still at Melbourne Observatory.

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