SEARCHING: Museum of Lands, Mapping and Surveying's former curator Bill Kitson next to a telescope similar to the two he is trying to track down.
SEARCHING: Museum of Lands, Mapping and Surveying's former curator Bill Kitson next to a telescope similar to the two he is trying to track down. Contributed

Museum curator launches hunt for historical telescopes

FORMER museum curator Bill Kitson has his eyes peeled in search of two historic telescopes that were used on the Coast between the 1930s and 1970s.

Mr Kitson, a former curator of the Museum of Lands and Mapping and Surveying in Brisbane, said the first telescope was a four-and-a-half inch Ross Equatorial Refractor used by Inigo Jones at his observatory Chromhurst at Peachester.

"This telescope was previously used by Captain Henry O'Reilly in the 1860s in his Brisbane observatory,” Mr Kitson said.

"Later, after his death in 1870, it was purchased by the Queensland Government for their observatory on Wickham Terrace.

"In 1927 the telescope was loaned to Inigo Jones by the government to assist him in the observation of sunspots, which he used for the prediction of future weather patterns.”

The second telescope was a six-and-a-half inch Cooke Equatorial Refractor that was used by Cedric Deane in his observatory Rothley at Caloundra in 1952.

"Cedric was a well-respected collector of insects and also a member of the local chess club.

"When Cedric moved to Montville in 1958, the insect collection and the telescope went with him.

"The telescope, however, has not been seen since Cedric's death at Nambour in 1981.”

Mr Kitson is looking for the telescopes or a photograph of them.

For more information email william.kitson@bigpond.com.



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