Observations

Armidale

Letter by W Scott, 1 May 1857

May 1, 2009

15 The Astronomer to The Honourable The Colonial Secretary respecting leave of Absence. 11 Macquarie St South Sydney May 1st 1857 57/37 Sir In reply to your letter of 30th April I beg to state that it was my intention to establish the Observatory at Parramatta before leaving Sydney; also that to establish those at Maitland and Goulburn would occasion a considerable waste of time and money, as I must pass through Goulburn on my return from Melbourne via Deniliquin, Albury, Cooma, Goulburn & Bathurst; and must pass through Maitland on my road to Armidale.

Letter by H A Lenehan, 31 March 1887

March 31, 2009

Sydney Observatory March 31st 1887 55/87 Dear Sir Replying to your of the 28th inst the Walcha evaporation is the average annual evaporation for the last four years. It seems excessive but the conditions under which the record is made are not the same as a tank or waterhole the record is made from a can which has its sides exposed to the sun and wind and gives a greater reading, but it is the only result in your locality.

Letter by H C Russell, 24 January 1871

January 24, 2009

251 Govt Observatory 24th Janry 1871 Sir I was very much surprised to hear this morning from my assistant that you had not sent in the monthly meteorological Returns for 1870. I have been myself too busy to attend to it and took it for granted that when I restored the pay you would send in the Returns.

Letter by H C Russell, 22 January 1891

January 22, 2009

122 Janry 22nd The Telegraph Station Master Armidale Sir The Bearer of this letter Mr Slowman will see that the Instruments are properly erected and in good order. And I shall be glad if you will give him any assistance he may require for that purpose and he will bring with him the old Instruments.

Letter by H C Russell, 10 January 1872

January 10, 2009

553 Sydney Observatory 10 Jan 1872 Sir My absence from Sydney has prevented an earlier reply to your letter of Nov 30th. Your salary to Sept 30 was placed in the Bank to your credit as requested what is the defect in the scales?

Letter by W Scott, 29 December 1857

December 29, 2008

Pg 43 The Astronomer to the Honourable The Colonial Secretary 11 Macquarie St. South Dec. 29th 1857 57/71 Sir I have the honour to inform you that on 22nd Inst. I returned from my visit to the Meteorological Stations in the northern part of the Colony; having fully established observations at Maitland, Armidale and Moreton Island, and taken the necessary measures for establishing one at Warwick in case the future Government of Moreton Bay should be willing to cooperate in the work.

Letter by W Scott, 26 December 1857

December 25, 2008

36 57/64 Sydney Dec. 26th 1857 Sir I have to request that you will now proceed with the erection of the Vane and Lightning Conductor. All that is required is to lead a half inch iron rod from the lower part of the Vane Rod along the roof and into the ground at the back of the Hospital.

Letter by H C Russell, 10 December 1889

December 10, 2008

Observatory 10th Dec 1889 Frank Jones Esqre Dear Sir Many thanks for your note about the meteor. On the enclosed map I have marked down the directions in which different observers saw the meteor, and you will see that ??, Grafton, Armidale, Tenterfield, Emmaville??, Bingara and Campo Santo, though quite independent: agree in fixing the point somewhere between Barraba & Narrabri, and if you would kindly mark a line on the map in the direction in which you saw it, I should be very much obliged to you.

Letter by H C Russell, 4 December 1889

December 4, 2008

The Telegraph Station Master Barraba At 5.46pm Saturday November 23 a very remarkable meteor leaving a train of brilliant smoke was seen from Armidale and Tenterfield to fall somewhere between you and Narrabri; would be much obliged if you would enquire if any one in district saw it.

Letter by W Scott, 7 November 1857

November 7, 2008

57/62 The Astronomer to The Hon The Colonial Secretary respecting appointment of Computer. 11 Macquarie St. South Sydney Nov.7th 1857 Sir I beg permission to withdraw my letters No. 55 and 60 respecting the appointment of an Assistant at the Observatory; the gentleman therein recommended having obtained a better appointment in England.

Letter by W Scott, 8 October 1860

October 8, 2008

....?? at Telegraph Stations Observatory Sydney Oct. 8 1860 60/31 Sir Understanding that a desire has been expressed on the part of the Telegraph department to establish Meteorological observations at some of the Telegraph Stations I have the honor to propose as follows – That the sets of Instruments now employed at the following stations, Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Cooma, Deniliquin, Goulburn, Maitland, Parramatta, be removed to the Telegraph Stations at those or other places, and that it be made a part of the Telegraph clerk’s duty to take regular observations and transmit a monthly return to the Observatory.

Letter by W Scott, 25 September 1860

September 25, 2008

Observatory Sydney Sept 25th 1860 60/30 Sir I reply to your letter of August 8, being an application for the office of Meteorological Observer at Armidale I bet to inform you that the appointment had already been offered conditionally to Mr Boardman; that he has now entered upon the duties of the office; and that the delay in answering your letter arose from the uncertainty whether or not his appointment would be finally decided on.

Letter by H C Russell, 24 January 1871

January 24, 2008

251 Govt Observatory 24th Janry 1871 Sir I was very much surprised to hear this morning from my assistant that you had not sent in the monthly meteorological Returns for 1870. I have been myself too busy to attend to it and took it for granted that when I restored the pay you would send in the Returns.