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H9547 Telescope, refracting, made by Thomas Harris & Son, 52 Great Russell Street, London, England, mid 1800s. Click to enlarge.

Telescope, refracting, made by Thomas Harris & Son, 52 Great Russell Street, London, England, mid 1800s

    This object is part of the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS) collection which was donated to the Powerhouse Museum in 1981. The Society was formed in 1901 and is the oldest historical society in Australia. As a result many of the objects they collected are of great significance to Australia and to New South Wales. Some are associated with people and families like the Marsdens, Henry Parkes, Mawson, and John Verge. Others like the convict handcuffs and the Ben Hall 'Wanted' poster aresignificant relics from Australia's past. The importance of the entire collection and the way in which it was acquired adds to the significance of this object.

    Summary

    Object No.

    H9547

    Object Statement

    Telescope, refracting, made by Thomas Harris & Son, 52 Great Russell Street, London, England, mid 1800s

    Physical Description

    Brass refracting telescope in leather bound brass case with card compass in cap.

    History

    Notes

    This telescope was acquired by the Museum as part of the Royal Australian Historical Society Collection in 1981 (RAHS #3).

    Source

    Credit Line

    Gift of Royal Australian Historical Society, 1981

    Acquisition Date

    22 June 1981

    Cite this Object

    Harvard

    Telescope, refracting, made by Thomas Harris & Son, 52 Great Russell Street, London, England, mid 1800s 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 26 September 2020, <https://ma.as/257456>

    Wikipedia

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    This object is currently on display in The Wiggles Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum.