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Astronomical and Meteorological Workers in New South Wales


Lieutenant Dawes

Captain Flinders

Admiral Phillip Parker King

Sir Thomas MacDougall Brisbane

Dr. Charles Stargard Rumker

James Dunlop

P. E. De Strzelecki

Captain J. C. Wickham

Rev. W. B. Clarke, M.A.

Rev. A. Glennie

E. C. Close

Sir William Macarthur

J. Boucher

S. H. Officer

John Wyndham

William Stanley Jevons

Establishment of Meteorological Observatories

Votes and Proceedings, N.S.W., 1848.

Appendix A.

Appendix B.

Appendix C.

Appendix D.

Appendix E.

Appendix F.

Appendix G.

Appendix H.

Appendix I.

Appendix J.

Appendix K.

Appendix L.

Appendix M.

Appendix N.

Appendix O.

Appendix P.

Appendix Q.

Appendix R.

Appendix S.

Appendix T.

Appendix U.



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Appendix A.

31st August, 1827.

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


Appendix B.

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£49000
Mural Circle, by Troughton20000
Transit Instrument, 5 feet, ditto10500
Repeating Circle, 16-inch, Reichenbach13000
Equatorial Telescope, &c. (by Banks)6000
French ditto4200
Declination Instruments, complete, by Holland3000
Inclination ditto, Gambey, Paris4200
Borda's Pendulum, complete for determining the figure of the Earth8500
? Mountain Barometers, by Troughton1100
Magnet Transit, by Josker, Paris1500
Observatory Barometers and Four Thermometers1000
Kater's Azimuth Compass1000
Pair 18-inch Globes, London1900
Levelling Telescope, complete1200
Astronomical Books, &c.353130

Appendix C.

Minute, No. 98.

Government House,
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.

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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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