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H7354 Rain gauge (pluviograph), wood / brass / galvanised iron / glass, made and used by Sydney Observatory, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1860-1900. Click to enlarge.

Rain gauge (pluviograph)

Made by Sydney Observatory in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1860-1900.

“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...

Summary

Object No.

H7354

Object Statement

Rain gauge (pluviograph), wood / brass / galvanised iron / glass, made and used by Sydney Observatory, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1860-1900

Physical Description

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.

Dimensions

Height

500 mm

Width

295 mm

Depth

460 mm

Production

Notes

It is not known who made this measuring device.

Made

Sydney Observatory 1860-1900

History

Notes

The pluviograph came into use at Sydney Observatory before 1900. It was transferred to the Bureau of Meteorology in 1922

Used

Sydney Observatory 1860-1900

Source

Credit Line

Gift of the Bureau of Meteorology, 1963

Acquisition Date

23 September 1963

Cite this Object

Harvard

Rain gauge (pluviograph) 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 February 2019, <https://ma.as/248205>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/248205 |title=Rain gauge (pluviograph) |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=22 February 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
This object is currently on display at the Sydney Observatory.

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