378 Sydney Observatory 3 May 1871 My dear Mr Kraft Recently in going over old records of the Colony I found the following notice which may interest you. “John Buff – poisoned by eating toad fish at Parramatta April 20th 1821 – he died in 20 minutes after eating it.
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591 and 592 13 March Observatory Dear Sir I was just about writing to you re returns when your letter came. I am sorry you should think that perhaps I considered New Caledonia of secondary importance.
532 March 1 John L Boyce Esquire Master Of Ship Somoena Dear Sir Our Time Ball at New Castle is dropped at 1pm Sydney zone time that is: exactly ten hours from Greenwich meantime. We drop at 1pm to give time to observe sun and correct clock, which then drops the ball and sends signals to Newcastle for five minutes to adjust Newcastle clock exactly.
312 Sydney Observatory 25th Feby 1871 Sir At Grafton the Southern Cross never sets a portion of the constellation always remaining above the horizon. In January the Cross passes the Meridian below the pole about 3pm and as soon as it is dusk may be seen just above the horizon to 332??.
150-154 Feby 14th 1 Admiral Mouchez My Dear Sir With this I am sending a contact print of one of my photographs of the Nubecula Major. The negative was exposed for 7h 3m and it shows that the whole of the Nubecula Major is a complicated Spiral Structure.
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.
119 Janry 21 A.L.P.Cameron Esqre Murrumbong Dear Sir Yours of 16th January duly received. I shall be much obliged to you for your Rain records and I am sending forms under separate cover. With regard to the position indicated in your letter: I am in some doubt.
112-115 Janry 20 My dear Ellery Many thanks for sending enclosed photo. I was anxious to see it. but there are some details that I was equally anxious about. that are not shown. One of these is the plate holder.
246 Sydney Observatory 19 Janry 1871 Sir I have the honor to enclose herewith vouchers in support of the payment of £37.19.11 from the 1870 Vote for New Instruments. I have the honor to be Sir Your obedient servant H C Russell Govt Astronomer The Under Secretary for Finance & Trade
244 Sydney Observatory 18 Janry 1871 Sir After waiting three months for a glass came to protect the Instruments the contractor J Dyer brought it this morning and it is about 18 inches longer than the place it was measured for.
106-107 Janry 17 John Mackay Esqre Clover Bank My dear sir Many thanks for your letter of Jan 14th enclosing copy of your river record from April 9th to Janry 14 of this year. From this it would appear that the total fall in the interval was 52ft 4 ½ in and 3ft: yet to fall would make the river at end of April allowing for small rises 13ft 4 ¾ in 42ft 6in above summer level.
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.
108-109 Janry 15 My dear Ellery I am sending you with this a photograph of the mounting I have had made for the Astrophoto work. The telescope is of course 11ft 4in long and the girders are 2in x 12 in x 15 feet.
Janry 14th Montague Petch Esqre Bercham Park Dear Sir I regret to hear that you got no reply to a letter of yours last year; I make it a rule to reply to such letters myself and think a reply must have been sent.
71 Janry 12th My Dear Sir I have just received yours of 7th Instant and hope that ere this you you have received a supply of forms. Thermometers I shall be able to send to you shortly. In entering the rain please omit the Decimal points.