Solar Eclipse, Flint Island, Kiribati, 1908

Made by Short, James Walter in Flint Island, Kiribati, 03/01/1908.

In September 1907 F. K. Mclean, of the English, Royal Astronomical Society, led an eclipse expedition to Flint Island north of Tahiti. Unusually the astronomers accompanying him were not from England but from Australia and New Zealand. The first to join up was C. J. Merfield of Sydney, followed by James Short, astronomical photographer and W. E. Raymond who both worked at Sydney Observatory. In addition there was Joseph Brooks a retired surveyor and the Reverend F. W. Walker and Henry Wincklema...


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Physical Description

Photographic composite, five images of a solar eclipse mounted, paper / silver gelatin, used by Sydney Observatory, photographer J. W. Short, Flint Island, Kiribati, 3 January 1908

Five black and white photographs showing the total solar eclipse of January 1908. The five photographs show the eclipse as it was seen from Flint Island in Kiribati. The images have been glued onto a cardboard mount which has been annotated. Water damage had caused some of the annotations to become illegible.


Handwritten text in blue ink read 'Total / Solar / Eclipse / Jan 3 1908 / Observed at / Flint Island / Lat S 11 25 43 / Long W 151 48 0 / Photographed by G W Short Assisted by W Caffin / The line of the [illegible] was 4 in Dallmeyer 5ft focal length. Lent by Sydney Obs / [illegible] 1 1/2 in Telephoto 5 ft 4 in Eq Focus belonging to Mr Short / [[illegible] the image after [the] reflection. The telephoto [illegible]. In pencil on the back of the mount '1/111'.



368 mm


295 mm



The photographs were taken using a photographic telescope on Flint Island on 3rd January 1908.


Short, James Walter 03/01/1908

Cite this Object


Solar Eclipse, Flint Island, Kiribati, 1908 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 15 November 2018, <>


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