Observatory May 14th 1863 Sir I have the honor to inform you that two panes of glass are required in the observatory buildings I have the honor to be Sir Your most obedient servant H C Russell The Honorable The Minister for Works
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Observatory May 13th 1863 Sir I have the honor herewith to forward the estimate of the probable cost of repairs to the observatory buildings for the year 1864, furnished by the colonial architect.
Observatory 8th May 1889 Mr W Gould Dear Sir Re yours of seven May just received. The fault is probably in the screw attached to the clock if there is any stiffness in it, they will stop the clock, and it may be stiff from two causes: either the screw is set too deep into the wheel and so rubs hard in the wheel or it is not free enough end wise, and so puts friction on the clock.
May 4 9 Mr Foster Dear Sir Could you meet me at the land on Saturday afternoon. I will leave Sydney by the train at 1.25 getting to Pennant Hills Station at 2.15. We could then work out the ground.
Observatory April 26th 1892 Sir I have the honour to recommend that Mr Andrew Noble third Meteorological Assistant be paid from Janry 1st at the rate of £165 per annum as provided in the Estimate for 1892.
369 Govt Observatory 24 April 1871 Sir I have the honor to request that you will take the necessary steps to have some repairs to the vane and Time Ball machinery effected. The vane will not show the direction of the wind being too stiff to turn.
203 Observatory April 23 1892 Sir Certain necessary additions to the furniture of the Observatory consequent upon the alterations and additional rooms made last year were not made for want of funds.
364 Sydney Observatory 20 April 1871 Sir I have the honor to request an advance of £16-10-0 from the Vote for Magnetic Survey 1871 to enable me to pay the enclosed voucher. I have the honor to be Sir Your obedient servant H C Russell Govt Astronomer The Under Secretary for Finance & Trade
357 Sydney Observatory 17 April 1871 Sir In February last I wrote to the Railway Station Master Muswellbrook the letter of which I now enclose a copy and to which I have received no answer. I have therefore to request that he may be called upon to answer that letter and enable me to trace a valuable set of Instruments which have been on the road from Sydney to Inverell many months.
April 13th 9 L J Brennand Esquire Dear Sir The Glazier's Diamond is wanted for the workshop where it is sometimes required to cut small pieces of glass for instruments etc. and which not only cost a good deal more than they are really worth; because of course the glazier charges for his time as well as the glass, but also because much time is sometimes lost in getting what is wanted.
177 April 11 1 Sir I desire to bring under your notice the great number of official returns that are lost in the post offices and to ask that the matter may receive the consideration which it deserves.
175-176 Observatory April 11th 1891 Sir I have the honour to report that the Committee of Astronomers charged with the duty of allotting sky spaces to the various Observatories. of which Committee the Astronomer Royal for England is Chairman, have given adjacent sky spaces to Melbourne & Sydney and add that it will facilitate the work if those in adjacent sections will confer personally to secure the accurate joining of their work.
173-174 Obs April 8 1 Michael Darchy Esqre (L?)arcoola Dear Some time since how long I am afraid to ask myself you wrote wanting to know where raingauges could be purchased at the Time a man here who had at my request undertaken to supply failed in his business and I was trying to induce another person to take up the work of supplying at a reasonable rate, and Mr H.
171 171 Observatory 7th April 1891 Sir I have the honour to report that it frequently happens when important weather changes are going on, that great inconvenience and loss of time are experience in the Observatory from the want of direct telegraphic communication with the Observer at Eden.
598 April 3 Sir The white cloud like object you saw was in all probability a cluster of stars called Praesepe in the constellation “Cancer”. to the naked eye it looks like a comet and it may have been hidden by one of the faint clouds often found in our atmosphere and which are not directly visible to the eyes.