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Notes on a memorial to Alfred Barrett Biggs, astronomer


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Meston, Archibald Lawrence (1933) Notes on a memorial to Alfred Barrett Biggs, astronomer. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 26-27. ISSN 0080-4703

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The latitude of Launceston is officially given as 41C 26' 1"
south and the longitude as 147C 7' 49·5" (east, but there is
at present not the slightest indication of the position from
which those calculations were determined. It is proposed by
the Northern Branch of the Royal Society to mark the
position adequately and fittingly by the erection of a pillar
suitauiy inscribed. The observations were made by the
late Mr. Alfred Barrett Biggs, F.R.S., who for many years
had an observatory in what was then called the Depot
Grounds, but which to·day is termed Royal Park. Mr. Biggs
was one of that noble band o£ amateur scientists to whom the
world owes so much. He was born in London on the lOth of April, 1825 and arrived in Hobart Town with his parents in 1833.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 26-27
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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Date Deposited: 12 May 2012 00:30
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:31
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