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The plaque commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Melbourne Observatory.

Melbourne Observatory opened in 1863 to serve as a scientific research institution for the rapidly growing city of Melbourne, the capital of the colony of Victoria. The observatory was tasked by the Victorian government with maintaining an accurate time reference for the colony through observations of stars using a transit telescope as well as general astronomical research. The site chosen was a gentle hill adjacent to the Royal Botanic Gardens.



Address:Birdwood Avenue , Royal Botanic Gardens, South Yarra, 3141
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.829763
Long: 144.975371
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology
Approx. Event Start Date:1863
Approx. Event End Date:2013


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 23rd November, 2013
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au