Time Ball

Letter by H C Russell, 24 April 1871

April 24, 2009

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.

Letter by H C Russell, 11 March 1872

March 11, 2009

588 11 March My dear Sir I am sorry that I made a use of your note to me that you did not intend, but I think you do not see it quite in the right light. The Time Ball is a most important matter affecting the shipping and if the ??

Letter by H C Russell, 6 March 1891

March 6, 2009

Pages 160-161 March 6 1 My Dear Sir I have just received yours of 5th instant with vouchers and chronograph tape. I fear you have made a serious mistake in adapting the chronometer time. The chronometer is only intended for use when you do not get clock ticks: The ticks when received are necessary for the clock to make a break 4 seconds ....ng.

Letter by H C Russell, 4 March 1872

March 4, 2009

587 March 4 My dear Sir On Receipt of your letter about the Ball I complained to Mr Cracknell that the Ball at Newcastle was not dropped by wire but by hand thereby causing ?? ??& Mr Rollins??

Letter by H C Russell, 1 March 1901

March 1, 2009

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.

Letter by H C Russell, 29 February 1872

February 26, 2009

586 29 Feby Capt Allen My dear Sir Have you been able to do anything with the Time Ball yet, I am anxious to know if it was big enough to slide freely on the Mast, as we were in some doubt about the sizes.

Letter by H C Russell, 27 December 1870

December 27, 2008

220 Govt Observatory Sydney 27 Decr 1870 Sir I have the honor herewith to enclose vouchers in support of the payment of £10 advanced from the Vote for Instruments for 1870 for the Time Ball at Newcastle.

Letter by H C Russell, 4 July 1872

July 4, 2008

Sydney Observatory 4th July 1872 Sir I have the honor to request that the following repairs may be effected to the Observatory (1) The outside wood work Dome and Time Ball Painted. This has not been done for several years and is now urgently needed to preserve the building.

Letter by H C Russell, 19 June 1871

June 19, 2008

425 Sydney Observatory 19 June 1871 Dear Sir I have been so very busy for last few days that I could not write in re Time Ball. But will be glad if you will get it repaired as reasonably as possible to make a good job of it; it would be well to put a piece of Zinc??