Specialist Volunteers required: Restoration of the Great Melbourne Telescope

A team of enthusiastic volunteers, supported by Museums Victoria, have been actively working since 2008 to restore the iconic Great Melbourne Telescope for a return to its original location at the Melbourne Observatory adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Volunteers and staff with components of the Great Melbourne Telescope set-up at Moreland Annexe.
Volunteers and staff with components of the Great Melbourne Telescope set-up at Moreland Annexe

The telescope was significant as the first large telescope with an equatorial mount and clockwork drive, allowing automated tracking of celestial objects. This year the telescope celebrates the 150th anniversary of its installation.

We are currently searching for volunteers with skills in mechanical engineering, machine fabrication and/or CAD drafting to join the restoration project on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays at Scienceworks, Spotswood.

In you have the necessary skills and would like to join the project, then please click on the 'Apply now' button below and complete the online form.

Applications close 5pm, Monday 15 April 2019.

For more information visit the Great Melbourne Telescope website.

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