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Letter from William Dawes to Nevil Maskelyne, 1788-07-10

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 14/48: 283-284

Scope and Contents

Reporting on his activities between leaving the Cape of Good Hope and his arrival at Sydney. The letter also includes an account of constructing the observatory in Sydney, and of the practical difficulties involved, particularly in finding suitable materials and craftsmen. He mentions, for example, that the forty marines employed in the work had to be provided with rum, water and new shoes (due to the damage from brushwood). Dawes also seeks further money and provisions.


  • Creation: 1788-07-10


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2 folio(s) (2 ff.) : Paper

Language of Materials


Original geographic information

London [destination]

Original geographic information

Sydney [origination]

Original geographic information

Sydney [subject]

Finding aid date

2012-11-22 14:24:16+00:00

Repository Details

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