Port Macquarie Astronomical Observatory, Port Macquarie

The Observatory was built in 1961/62 through the efforts of Albert York a retired master builder and architect. He intended building an observatory on the top of a building in Joffre Street but was opposed by a neighbour. The local council enquired into the matter and among those on the committee of enquiry were some Rotarians. They became interested in the idea of an observatory in Port Macquarie and Albert York was asked to address a meeting of the local Rotarians. As a result of the speech Dr. McLaren suggested that Albert York inspect a 5 inch telescope that was lying in disuse at the local Hastings District Public Hospital. The telescope was a gift from Bob Stanfield, a publican at Port Macquarie to be used for viewing ships at sea.
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  • We went along to the observatory with our young adult daughters and enjoyed our visit thoroughly. We started the night outside with a brief overview of our beautiful night sky and straight away we cou...  more »
  • Visiting the observatory on Friday and working with the team of volunteers over weekend was a great experience. Such a enthusiastic and dedicated team. All the best for future and as a visitor to PM t...  more »
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  • Amazing place and great staff, hope they get all the funding they need to make this place more amazing
  • Just passed by. Wasn't open but would love to come again when it is. Great area. Good walking by the ocean nearby

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