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On the proposed Leake school of practical astronomy

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Russell, Henry Chamberlain (1892) On the proposed Leake school of practical astronomy. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 26-31.

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Abstract

During my visit to Hobart in January last I was struck
with the brightness and translucency of the atmosphere, and
it was evident to me that the weather of the fortnight I was
in Hobart would have enabled me to do as much as I had
done in Sydney during the preceding two months. And, in
conversation with some friends, I expressed regret that such
fine skies for the Astronomer should not be taken advantage
of, and an Astronomical Photographic Observatory established.
I was told that Tasmania, like other parts of the
world, was passing through a period of commercial depression,
and the Government did not seem to be disposed to add
to expenditure by starting an Observatory, but that the late
Mr. Leake had left a sum of £10,000 for the foundation of a
School of Astronomy, and it was hoped that an Observatory
would be established very soon.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 26-31
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2013 05:10
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:48
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