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Letters from Simon's Town Naval Yard, 1850 - 1870

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 15/58

Scope and Contents

Letters from the Naval Yard at Simon's Town, addressed mainly to Thomas Maclear, dealing with orders for various items of equipment for the Cape Observatory and related business:

Letters from John Breaks, Naval Yard, 21 January 1850 - 22 April 1852.

Letters from A. Drew, 5 May 1851 - 10 August 1852, regarding the expenses of the Cape Observatory and other financial matters.

Letters from Jopseh Dayman, 15 December 1852 - 1857, regarding observations he has been asked to make by Maclear.

Letters from various captains of vessels in Simon's Bay, 1860-1870, requesting chronometers or information, together with the agreement of the Rear Admiral to have a time ball erected at Simon's Town, dated 5 July 1861.


  • Creation: 1850 - 1870


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1 bundle(s) (1 bundle)

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Finding aid date

2006-08-07 11:28:35+00:00

Includes index.

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