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Corporate entry Mount Stromlo Observatory (1957 - c. 1967)

Australian National University

From
1957
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
To
c. 1967
Functions
Astronomy or Space Science
Reference No
CA 634
Legal Status
Agency of the Commonwealth of Australia

Summary

The Mount Stromlo Observatory was established in 1957 when the control of the Commonwealth Observatory was transferred from the Department of the Interior to the Australian National University. In the late 1960s the University gained control of the Siding Spring Observatory and began operating the two as integrated observatories.

Timeline

 1924 - c. 1950 Commonwealth Solar Observatory
       c. 1950 - 1957 Commonwealth Observatory
             1957 - c. 1967 Mount Stromlo Observatory
                   c. 1967 - Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Mount Stromlo Observatory, 1936 - 1956, MS 037; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details
  • Walter Geoffrey Duffield - Records, 1880 - 1987, MS 095; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Bhathal, Ragbir, Sutherland, Ralph and Butcher, Harvey, Mt Stromlo Observatory: From Bush Observatory to the Nobel Prize, CSIRO, Collingwood (Vic.), 2013, 330 pp. Details
  • Frame, Tom and Faulkner, Don, Stromlo: an Australian Observatory, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2003, 364 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Orchiston, W., 'Mount Stromlo Observatory', in P. Moore (ed.), The Astronomy Encylopaedia, London, 1988, pp. 276-277. Details

Journal Articles

  • Gascoigne, B., 'Mount Stromlo Observatory: the Early Years', Sky and Space, vol. 7, no. 3, 1994, pp. 18-21. Details
  • Gascoigne, B., 'Mount Stromlo Observatory: the Modern Years', Sky and Space, vol. 8, no. 1, 1995, pp. 24-28. Details
  • Gascoigne, S. C. B., 'History of Australian Astronomy: Astro-physics at Mount Stromlo, the Woolley Era', Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of Australia, vol. 5, 1984, pp. 597-605. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne, 'The Mount Stromlo Fires: a Major Heritage Loss for Australian Astronomy', Journal of the British Astronomical Association, vol. 113, 2003, pp. 73-74. Details
  • Woolley, Richard van der Riet, 'Mount Stromlo Observatory', Records of the Australian Academy of Science, vol. 1, no. 3, 1968, pp. 53-57. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9680130053.htm. Details

Reviews

  • Orchiston, Wayne, review of Bhathal, Ragbir, Sutherland, Ralph and Butcher, Harvey, Mt Stromlo Observatory: From Bush Observatory to the Nobel Prize (2013), Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 18, no. 1, 2015, pp. 107-11. Details
  • Sherratt, Tim, review of Frame, Tom and Faulkner, Don, Stromlo: an Australian Observatory (2003), Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 15, no. 1, 2004, pp. 121-124. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/?act=view_file&file_id=HR03015.pdf. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Orchiston, Wayne, 'The Changing Role of the "Catts Telescope": the Life and Times of a Nineteenth Century 20-inch Grubb Reflector', Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol. 13, 2010, pp. 235-54. Details