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Former James Oddie Observatory

Ballarat Municipal Observatory ,  Ballarat School of Mines Observatory

Cnr Magpie & Cobden Street,, BALLARAT CENTRAL VIC 3350 - Property No B5629

The Ballarat Municipal Observatory is perhaps the only surviving nineteenth century private observatory in Victoria. Scientifically, it is important for its instruments, several of which were built on site by Henry Evans Baker, including the 26 inch reflector telescope in 1888, which was the first large telescope built in Australia. Some of the observatory's other equipment was donated to the Commonwealth observatory where it made an important contribution in the founding of Mt ... more