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Astronomical and Meteorological Workers in New South Wales
Admiral Phillip Parker King
Sir Thomas MacDougall Brisbane
Dr. Charles Stargard Rumker
P. E. De Strzelecki
Captain J. C. Wickham
Rev. W. B. Clarke, M.A.
Rev. A. Glennie
E. C. Close
Sir William Macarthur
S. H. Officer
William Stanley Jevons
Establishment of Meteorological Observatories
Votes and Proceedings, N.S.W., 1848.
31st August, 1827.
To GOVERNOR DARLING.
I have the honor to inform you that I have this day paid to Messrs. Macdonald and Campbell, agents of Sir Thomas Brisbane, the sum of one thousand six hundred and fourteen pounds, thirteen shillings, for the purchase of certain Astronomical instruments and books left in the Observatory at Parramatta, and referred to in Mr. Macleay's letter to me on 27th September last
Signed) EDWARD BARNARD.
10th September 1827.
The Right Honorable the Secretary of State for the Colonies, has communicated in a despatch, No. 96, dated 1st March, 1826, that His Majesty's Government with the view of promoting the interests of science in this part of the globe, has consented to the purchase from Sir T Brisbane, of certain astronomical instruments, specified in the enclosed list which in compliance with the Address of the Council has been left by him in the Colony, for the sum as valued by him of £1,614 13s.
He has directed that the necessary remittance of this amount should be made to the Colonial Agent to enable him to reimburse Sir Thomas Brisbane for the instruments in question. Let the necessary communication be made to the Auditor and Treasurer as to the remittance of this amount in order that it may be duly provided for the first opportunity, and let Mr. Rumker be called upon for a list of the articles left by Sir Thomas Brisbane in the Observatory under his charge, that it may be compared with the specifications herewith.
(Signed) R. A. DARLING.
To Colonial Secretary.
Minute, No. 58.
LIST OF INSTRUMENTS (with Letter from Government Astronomer.)
|Four Astronomical Clocks, best description||£490||0||0|
|Mural Circle, by Troughton||200||0||0|
|Transit Instrument, 5 ½ feet, ditto||105||0||0|
|Repeating Circle, 16-inch, Reichenbach||130||0||0|
|Equatorial Telescope, &c. (by Banks)||60||0||0|
|Declination Instruments, complete, by Holland||30||0||0|
|Inclination ditto, Gambey, Paris||42||0||0|
|Borda's Pendulum, complete for determining the figure of the Earth||85||0||0|
|? Mountain Barometers, by Troughton||11||0||0|
|Magnet Transit, by Josker, Paris||15||0||0|
|Observatory Barometers and Four Thermometers||10||0||0|
|Kater's Azimuth Compass||10||0||0|
|Pair 18-inch Globes, London||19||0||0|
|Levelling Telescope, complete||12||0||0|
|Astronomical Books, &c.||353||13||0|
Minute, No. 98.
21st December, 1827.
Let Mr. Rumker be informed that he will be immediately notified as Government Astronomer of this Colony, and that he will he allowed a salary of £300 a year from the time of his taking charge of the Observatory, until His Majesty's Government shall fix the salary to which he may be considered entitled.
(Signed) R. A. DARLING.
Russell, H. C. 1888 'Astronomical and Meteorological Workers in New South Wales, 1778-1860,' Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science vol. 1, 1888, pp. 45-94.
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