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94/24/1 Letter, to Henry Chamberlain Russell from Lawrence Hargrave, Stanwell Park, New South Wales, 5 September 1898. Click to enlarge.

Letter to H.C. Russell from Lawrence Hargrave

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Letter from Lawrence Hargrave, Stanwell Park, to Henry Chamberlain Russell, Government Astronomer, 5 September 1898, enclosing two photographic prints showing his new arrangement of soaring kites M and N. Inscribed on reverse of both photographs in Hargrave's hand: "Photo taken by Hilda H.", that is Hilda Hargrave, his second daughter. Kites M and N are described in Hargrave's paper entitled 'Soaring Machines', read before the Royal Society of New South Wales, 2 November 1898.

Summary

Object No.

94/24/1

Object Statement

Letter, to Henry Chamberlain Russell from Lawrence Hargrave, Stanwell Park, New South Wales, 5 September 1898

Physical Description

Letter from Lawrence Hargrave, Stanwell Park, to Henry Chamberlain Russell, Government Astronomer, 5 September 1898, enclosing two photographic prints showing his new arrangement of soaring kites M and N. Inscribed on reverse of both photographs in Hargrave's hand: "Photo taken by Hilda H.", that is Hilda Hargrave, his second daughter. Kites M and N are described in Hargrave's paper entitled 'Soaring Machines', read before the Royal Society of New South Wales, 2 November 1898.

History

Notes

This letter was found on a shelf in the Registration Department in 1992. Its provenance is unknown.

As the letter was addressed to H.C. Russell, Government Astronomer, it is likely that it was transferred to the Museum from Sydney Observatory. Hargrave worked for Russell as extra observer (astronomical) at Sydney Observatory from 1879 to 1883. Following his resignation from the Observatory, Hargrave remained friends with Russell and often wrote to him re his aeronautical experiments.

The letter may have been transferred to the Museum prior to the Museum's taking over the Observatory - eg. some photos of Hargrave's models and Hargrave carrying out experiments at Stanwell Park were transferred in 1961 (see Trust minutes, 28 August 1961 p.244) or the letter may have been discovered at the Observatory after the Museum gained control of it in 1983.

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Letter to H.C. Russell from Lawrence Hargrave 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 14 May 2021, <https://ma.as/141008>

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