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“Mr. Tornaghi for the Sydney Observatory has also constructed numbers of tide-gauges, standard barometers, self-registering barometers, micrometer eye-pieces, and numberless other instruments of importance.”
While it is not known who made this rain-gauge, it seems likely that it was made locally by either Tornaghi or in the Observatory’s own workshop. Measuring rainfall was an important feature of the Observatory’s work and the staff not only obtained gauges for their own use, but also provide...
Rain gauge (pluviograph), wood / brass / galvanised iron / glass, made and used by Sydney Observatory, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1860-1900
Rain gauge (pluviograph), wood / brass / galvanised iron / glass, made and used by Sydney Observatory, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1860-1900.
Rain gauge (pluviograph), housed in wooden box, painted grey. Galvanised iron funnel fits into top and collects water to a double-acting balance, which activates an indicator. Recording clockwork drum provides a daily graph. Clockwork includes anchor escapement. A piece of timber has detached from the housing and a bottle of ink accompanies the rain gauge.