Transit of Venus expedition 1874

Made 1874

In 1872 H. C. Russell was approved 1000 pounds by the New South Wales Government to make observations and photograph the 1874 Transit of Venus.

By 1874 the instruments were ready and Russell had selected astronomers and photographers to form four separate observing parties. Observation stations were situated at Woodford in the Blue Mountains, Eden on the south coast, Goulburn on the tablelands south of Sydney and at Sydney Observatory itself. The observers at these locations were made up from ...


Photographic negative, Transit of Venus expedition, collodion / glass, photographer unknown, used at Sydney Observatory, Woodford, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia, 1874

A rectangular black and white collodion glass plate negative in landscape format showing two canvas tents set up in a paddock near three round observation buildings. Two of the buildings have domed roofs while the other has a peaked roof. A wooden fence can be seen in the foreground and bushland in the background.


255 mm
308 mm



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Transit of Venus expedition 1874 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 November 2017, <>
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