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P3549-4 Photograph, black and white print, part of collection, group of people in front of a private observatory, paper, photographer unknown, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1907, used at the Sydney Observatory, New South Wales, Australia, 1907-1979. Click to enlarge.

Photograph of people in front of a private observatory

Photographed
This photograph is a copy from an original rare print of a group of well-known Australian amateur astronomers in front of the Macdonnell's observatory in the Sydney suburb of Mosman. The original of negative appears to have been taken around 1907 but this photograph is of a much later date being a copy of a print from that negative.

Macdonnell was one of four amateur astronomers invited by H.C. Russell to take part in the 1874 Transit of Venus. As a result his portrait appears in the …

Summary

Object No.

P3549-4

Object Statement

Photograph, black and white print, part of collection, group of people in front of a private observatory, paper, photographer unknown, Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1907, used at the Sydney Observatory, New South Wales, Australia, 1907-1979

Physical Description

Photographic print, W. J. Macdonnell, Mrs. Macdonnell, Nathanial Basnett, and G. D. Hirst in front of a private observatory 1907, paper / silver gelatine, Mosman, Sydney, Australia, 1920-1950, used at Sydney Observatory, Sydney, New South Wales Australia

A black and white photograph showing a three men and a woman outside a small circular observatory building. The woman and one man are seated on chairs, another man stands while the third man sits on the ground. The door to the observatory is open and the telescope inside can be seen. There is a parrot on the shoulder of the seated woman and another can be seen on her lap. A paling fence can be seen behind the observatory.

Marks

Text in pencil on the back '1/107/a'.
Handwritten text in red ink on the back of the image reads 'Taken 15 Decr 1907 / Garden at , Mosman, Sydney / General view of Observatory / Group / W.J. Macdonnell / G.D Hirst / N. JBasnett in front'.

Dimensions

Height

150 mm

Width

103 mm

Production

Photographed

Notes

The photograph was taken in Mosman, New South Wales, in December 1907.

History

Notes

The original photgraph was taken in Mosman, New South Wales, Australia in approximately 1907.

Cite this Object

Harvard

Photograph of people in front of a private observatory 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 September 2021, <https://ma.as/329359>

Wikipedia

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