Port Macquarie Astronomical Observatory, Port Macquarie

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Observatory · Hidden Gem · Museum
The Observatory was built in 1961/62 through the efforts of Albert York a retired master builder and architect. He intended building an observatory on the top of a building in Joffre Street but was opposed by a neighbour. The local council enquired into the matter and among those on the committee of enquiry were some Rotarians. They became interested in the idea of an observatory in Port Macquarie and Albert York was asked to address a meeting of the local Rotarians. As a result of the speech Dr. McLaren suggested that Albert York inspect a 5 inch telescope that was lying in disuse at the local Hastings District Public Hospital. The telescope was a gift from Bob Stanfield, a publican at Port Macquarie to be used for viewing ships at sea.
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  • Attended two different presentations during a recent visit to Port- one afternoon presentation and one night time presentation. Both were very information and just the right length - one hour - to...  more »
  • unstructured presentation from a poor public speaker, was lyrical about a piece of meteorite the same way I would be should a 18 y/o girl fall into my bed, please ask Francoise, it is Be tel geu se...  more »
  • Amazing place and great staff, hope they get all the funding they need to make this place more amazing
  • Just passed by. Wasn't open but would love to come again when it is. Great area. Good walking by the ocean nearby
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