Geoff raising the time ball, photo Nick Lomb
Sydney Observatory’s time ball was dropped again at 1 pm today after essential repairs lasting six months. The great confusion and turmoil in the City of Sydney during that period with people not knowing when to take their lunch hour is over. Once again they can look for the large yellow ball on top of the Observatory to drop each day at 1 pm signalling that now is the time to eat.
The Sydney Observatory time ball just before 1 pm
Of course the original purpose of the time ball was to provide the time to ships in Sydney Harbour. The ball was first dropped on 5 June 1858 and has been dropped regularly ever since. Next year in June will be the 150th anniversary of the beginnings of the Observatory and major celebrations are being planned.
Geoff releasing the time ball mechanism exactly at 1 pm, photo Nick Lomb