Maskelyne, Nevil, 1732 - 1811 (astronomer and mathematician)
Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:
Draft instructions for John Crosley to go on a voyage to New Holland on board HMS Investigator on a scientific expedition, 1801-03-07
The letter gives instructions on observations to be taken on board ship, details of observations to be taken on shore, general directions and an inventory of required instruments, books and charts.
Copied by Dr Maskelyne from pencil writing in Flinders' memoir; with reference made to Australia, Bass Strait and Torres Strait.
Concerning observations taken at Garden Island, Sydney, New South Wales, and his equipment and instruments. A postscript concerns a gift of a pet for Miss Maskelyne, with mention of the different animals of the country.
Sent from New South Wales, concerning observations from a voyage of HMS Providence.
Concerning a fault in the sextant and requesting a replacement instrument; also concerning his desire to be placed in the land detachment.
Reporting on his work at the observatory at Sydney, and describing the main hindrances to his work (including the lack of 'men of business' in the country, the 'unfortunate want of abilities' of the surveyor of lands, and his problems with the Governor). The letter also includes a description of the local topography of Sydney and his opinion of the country - 'a more dreary, dismal, barren, inanimated [sic] country I believe does not exist anywhere in the whole world'.
Taken off the south coast of Australia and probably connected with Flinders' voyage.
There are instructions for him to board the ship, details of observations to be made at sea and on shore, and general directions.
William M. Dawes' correspondence during the establishment of an observatory at Port Jackson, New South Wales, 1786 - 1792
- Subject: Australia X