6 October 1871
I have the honor to request that you will take the necessary steps to have the following repairs effected at the Observatory where they are urgently needed.
To repair a small hole in the slates over the Transit Instrument.
To effect some repairs to the main drain from the Observatory.
To put a new chimney top on one chimney.
To sweep five chimneys.
To reset a clothes ??
To repair venetian blinds in the Observatory buildings.
All the above are urgently wanted.
I have the honor to be
Your obedient servant
H C Russell
The Colonial Architect