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The Grange, Tasmania: survival of a unique suite of 1874 transit of Venus relics

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Title The Grange, Tasmania: survival of a unique suite of 1874 transit of Venus relics
 
Creator Orchiston, Wayne
Buchanan, Alex
 
Description One of the two US expeditions in Australia for the 1874 transit of Venus was based in Campbell Town, Tasmania.
While the transit was observed from this site and some of the photographs taken were used in the subsequent
investigation of the solar parallax, its main claim to fame is the physical vestiges of the transit programme that have
survived there through to the present day. These comprise foundations for instruments, two piers associated with the
photographic telescope, and one of the prefabricated observatory buildings. In addition, a copy of a photograph of the transit is preserved in the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in nearby Launceston. Collectively these form a unique suite of 1874 transit of Venus relics, and arc of international importance.
 
Publisher James Cook University
 
Date 2004-06
 
Type Article
PeerReviewed
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://eprints.jcu.edu.au/4926/1/4926_Orchiston_%26_Buchanan_2004..pdf
Orchiston, Wayne, and Buchanan, Alex (2004) The Grange, Tasmania: survival of a unique suite of 1874 transit of Venus relics. Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, 7 (1). pp. 34-43. ISSN 1440-2807
 
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