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Astronomers Monument
Astronomers Monument

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Sandra Brown

Known as the Astronomers Monument, the construction stands as an observatory and a memorial to Copernicus and other great astronomers.  It was built by Alex Szperlak over a fifteen year period from 1983 to 1998.

After serving time in a Queensland prison for a crime he said he did not commit, Alex won the lottery and changed his name to Robinson Crusoe. Using buckets as formwork, he built the ‘Universe Observatory,’ as a monument to Copernicus and other great astronomers. Alex died when his camp burnt down in 1998.


Address:Pony Fence Field, Lightning Ridge, 2834
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.434788
Long: 147.989115
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Monument Manufacturer:Alex Szperlak
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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