2014 programme

Sat 09:15-10:30
New York

Keynote: Mirroring Melbourne - Reflections on the Great Melbourne Telescope & Melbourne Observatory

Richard Gillespie

Museum of Victoria

Erected at Melbourne Observatory in 1869, the Great Melbourne Telescope was the second largest telescope in the world, designed to explore the nature of the nebulae in the southern hemisphere skies. For many Melburnians in the 1870s and 1880s, the telescope was much more: it was tangible evidence of Melbourne’s greatness and claim to being the leading metropolis of the southern hemisphere. Richard Gillespie will reflect on the history of the telescope and on the larger scientific, practical and public role of Melbourne Observatory in the 19th century.