The 150th Anniversary of Melbourne Observatory

Melbourne Observatory had a long wait for an “official” opening – 150 years, to be precise. After a decade of astronomical operations, the Williamstown Observatory was closed and a transfer of equipment took place in 1863 to grand new facilities on land excised from the Government House reserve, adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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Governor joins advisory group

The Governor of Victoria, Professor David de Kretser, has agreed to join the advisory group for the project. Professor de Kretser is one of several community leaders, educators and astronomers who have expressed enthusiasm for the project. We are very grateful for their support and advice. See the full list.