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School telescope; Grubb and Co; 1920; 2010/19

School telescope; Grubb and Co; 1920; 2010/19
School telescope
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The School Telescope:
in November 2009 the telescope was found in the School science lab in a state of semi disrepair. It was retrieved from the lab and after several days of scraping and polishing it has now been restored to its former glory.

Research reveals it was donated to the School in the early 1900s and the School Prospectus of 1922 boasts its presence as follows:

Observatory: A small observatory houses a very fine astronomical telescope, presented to the School by Mr T Allison of Wanganui, a Trustee from 1915 – 22. The telescope is by the firm of Sir Howard Grubb of Dublin. It has an aperture of five inches and a focal length of sixty three inches, and carries a full battery of eyepieces, also a diagonal and a solar eyepiece, and a finding telescope of two-inch aperture. The mount is by Dallmeyer of London with a clock-work motive of power attached, also divided circles. It is an instrument with which work of a useful, scientific kind may be done.

The original mount was also located and is now also in the Museum. While in a state of disrepair it is a magnificent piece of engineering. It has a mechanism attached which when activated ensures the telescope tracks the stars as the earth revolves. We aim to restore the mount and have the telescope reunited with it.

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Donated by Mr Thomas Ellison, Wanganui, 1922
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