140/89 Sydney Observatory June 3rd 1889 Dear Sir The stove pipe in the Messenger’s quarters has fallen in and is beyond repairing – will you kindly give instructions for a new one to be placed in position, as apart from the smoke filling the room there is the danger of fire catching the building.
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130/87 Sydney Observatory May 30th 1887 E R Field Esquire Dear Sir I can arrange if you particularly desire it for your visit at five thirty pm to see Saturn, but the planet being low down in the western sky even at this time of the evening is not at all in a good position as they haze and sun through which it would have to be observed would consequently veil its beauty and the moon also getting well on towards full would interfere.
694 Government Observatory 21st May 1873 Sir I have the honor herewith to enclose the claims of H C Russell and H A Lenehan payable out of the superannuation Reg? Funds together with ?? of the returns ??
73/87 April 15 87 Observatory L Newman Esquire Cooma Enclosed is crossed check for last quarters pay as Meteorological Observer - send memo acknowledging receipt. N A L
72/87 Sydney Observatory April 14 1887 Sir I have the honor or forwarding herewith vouchers in adjustment of advance of 250 pounds, five shillings and six pence made me on first April Instant. I have the honor to be Sir Your obedient servant Henry A Lenehan Acting Government Astronomer The Auditor General
63/87 April 6, 1887 Observatory The Editor Evening News Re: Weather Forecast. It was distinctly understood that the observatory was not to be known in the matter of the forecast I will therefore feel obliged if you will remove the name 'observatory' from the diagram, otherwise the information which you have had will be curtailed to the readings of barometer and thermometer.
61/87 Sydney Observatory April 5th 1887 Mr. L. Houp Woolgoolga 'The Grafton' Dear Sir Your note of 17th ultimo in which you offered to record the rainfall in your locality I received a few days ago and have delayed replying until I found out if we had a station in your neighborhood.
Sydney Observatory April 4th 1887 W J Goyden Esquire Dear Sir I regret the breakage of the thermometer as we have only a few left in stock and the risk of breakage by post is so great that I would be pleased if any person from your locality was in Sydney you would ask him to call and take charge of a new one for you.
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.
96, 98 Observatory Janry 16th 1891 Sir In response to the letter of Mr John Eedy: I have the honour to report that the statement made by him “A great deal of work is done at the Government Observatory for Private Persons.
85 Observatory 14 December 87 W Wilkins Esqre Dear Sir I have hardly had time since my return owing to the pressure of accumulated work; to give that attention to the representation of the Observatory at the forthcoming Exhibition which the importance of the opportunity demands.
521 Sydney Observatory November 30th 1871 Sir I have the honor herewith to enclose Meteorological Returns to end of 1870, for the Emigration Commissioners; as requested by your letter of the 22nd inst: I have the honor to be Sir Your most obedt servt H A Lenehan “Computer” The Principal Under Secretary
Observatory November 28th 1887 Dear Mr. Tebbutt I forward a list of the times you recorded on the cylinder chronograph with the observing text – the clock error will have to be applied In reducing the stars you observed you will have to treat the collination as 0”0 and not take account of the diurnal aberration of the clock stars: the necessary allowance having been made in the R.
355/87 Mr Thomas Wade C/. Mr Lawrence Dwyer 37 Harrington St 17/11/87 Your note re messenger + carpenters’ intention to give up his position at the Observatory is the first intimation I have had on the subject, and you must be labouring under a mistake.
97 Government Observatory 17th August 1870 Sir I am directed to inform you that His Excellency with the advice of the Executive Council has been pleased to appoint you Computer in the Observatory with Salary at the rate of three hundred (£300 p-a-) pounds per annum from the 9 Instant.