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Dr. Nick Lomb and Assoc Prof. Wayne Orchiston awarded Life Membership of the Sydney City Skywatchers.

Dr Wayne Orchiston, Mike Chapman President of the Sydney City Skywatchers, Dr Nick Lomb and Henry Chamberlain Russell on the monitor to the right.
Dr Wayne Orchiston, Mike Chapman President of the Sydney City Skywatchers, Dr Nick Lomb and Henry Chamberlain Russell on the monitor to the right.

The Sydney City Skywatchers, are the oldest operating astronomical association in Sydney. Formed in December 1895 as the New South Wales Branch of the British Astronomical Association they operated under that name until September 2004 , when the name was changed to Sydney City Skywatchers. The group has been meeting at Sydney Observatory for many decades and Observatory astronomers have traditionally held senior positions on its committee; the curator of astronomy, Dr Nick Lomb, has been a member for at least thirty years. Wayne Orchiston joined when he was only 13 years old in the 1950s and remembers a large number of young budding astronomers doing observations at night and attending lectures.

Sir Patrick Moore, well known British astronomer, is also a lifetime member and in the 1980s presented a talk at one of the meetings in Sydney Observatory to a packed audience. The group is an affiliated society of the Museum.

Stevenson Toner
Manager, Sydney Observatory

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