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  • Title
    Telescope marked 'L1847'
  • Call number
    R 296
  • Level of description
  • Date

  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 telescope
  • Access Conditions

    Access to this pictures collection via appointment only. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright:
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • Description source

    Information transferred from Pictures Card Catalogue as part of the eRecords Project, 2009-2010
  • General note

    Label affixed by donor (James Bligh Hastings of Bathurst 1960) states that it was given to him in 1907 (?) by Jack Ryan, that Jack Ryan was at Alice Springs in and before the overland telegraph line, could not read or write, was employed on a station near Orandangi (Urandangi? West Qld) in the early 1900's and that some very old Aborigines gave him these marked things; that Ryan died at the Rankin in 1929.

    Donor told Mitchell Librarian that the telescope had been given to Ryan by old Aborigines at Alice Springs and that there were parchment documents and letters which were destroyed but which led people to think the telescope could have been Leichhardt's.

    Skuthorpe's reference to a telescope (letter to Kirk Dec. 1880, As 126) does not disclose maker or any details useful for identification. Letter from Nicholson A 1383/no. 1, pp. 95-97, date 1843, mentions microscope, micrometer and barometer but not telescope.
    Digital order no:Album ID : 1027118
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    The telescope has maker's mark Fredk. Cox Newgate St, London.
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  • Topic
  • Exhibited in
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