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On the proposed Leake school of practical astronomy

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posted on 2023-11-22, 09:06 authored by Henry Chamberlain Russell
During my visit to Hobart in January last I was struck with the brightness and translucency of the atmosphere, and it was evident to me that the weather of the fortnight I was in Hobart would have enabled me to do as much as I had done in Sydney during the preceding two months. And, in conversation with some friends, I expressed regret that such fine skies for the Astronomer should not be taken advantage of, and an Astronomical Photographic Observatory established.
I was told that Tasmania, like other parts of the world, was passing through a period of commercial depression, and the Government did not seem to be disposed to add to expenditure by starting an Observatory, but that the late Mr. Leake had left a sum of £10,000 for the foundation of a School of Astronomy, and it was hoped that an Observatory would be established very soon.


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In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania..

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