Great Melbourne Telescope at the Melbourne Observatory, 1880’s

Great Melbourne Telescope Restoration

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The Great Melbourne Telescope was an important icon for nineteenth century Melbourne, signifying a transition from a colonial outpost, to a progressive city, with an interest in science and astronomy.

The telescope is now being restored to its original 1869 condition, as a fully functional observational telescope, to be returned to Melbourne Observatory in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria for public viewing.

The telescope restoration works can be seen from the Scienceworks Engineering Workshop viewing area, accessible from the Pumping Station courtyard. On Tuesdays and Thursdays a team of volunteers actively work on the restoration.

Read the latest restoration project news at or follow us on Twitter @GMT21stC.


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