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P3549-1 Photographic print, composite portrait of observers of the 1874 Transit of Venus, albumen / glass / metal / wood, photographed by various photographers, New South Wales, Australia, 1892. Click to enlarge.

1874 Transit of Venus; the New South Wales observers

Photographed
Shortly after the death of the government astronomer G.M. Smalley, in August 1870, his replacement, H.C. Russell began preparations for the 1874 Transit of Venus. The transit was due to occur on the 9th of December and by the middle of 1874 Russell had prepared three equatorial telescopes for photographic work as well as completed stands, mounts and prefabricated buildings to house the telescopes at the separate locations in New South Wales.

The observation stations were situated at Woodford …

Summary

Object No.

P3549-1

Object Statement

Photographic print, composite portrait of observers of the 1874 Transit of Venus, albumen / glass / metal / wood, photographed by various photographers, New South Wales, Australia, 1892

Physical Description

Rectangular mounting, in which oval-shaped portrait photographs of various astronomers have been inserted. Astronomers depicted include A. Fairfax, G.D. Hirst, E.G. Savage, H.A. Lenehan, H.C. Russell, A. Liversidge, P.F. Adams, F. Hixson, L.A. Vessey, W. Scott, A. Onslow, E. Dufaur, A. Tornaghi, W. MacDonnell, J.J. Watkins and H.G.A. Wright. Beneath each portrait, the name of the astronomer has been written back-to-front.

Marks

Label stuck to frame backing, printed 'FROM / ALDENHOVEN'S'.

Dimensions

Height

415 mm

Width

345 mm

Depth

19 mm

Production

History

Notes

Information taken from the object file.

Cite this Object

Harvard

1874 Transit of Venus; the New South Wales observers 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 September 2021, <https://ma.as/329330>

Wikipedia

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