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Papers on the solar eclipse, 1904 - 1906

Reference Code: GBR/0180/RGO 7/202

Scope and Contents

Papers relating to the solar eclipse of 30 August 1905, seen at Sfax, Tunisia:

Correspondence with the Admiralty regarding expenses and advances in salary for the Astronomer Royal, F.W. Dyson and C. Davidson, 1905.

Correspondence with the Admiralty concerning the use of the warship HMS 'Suffolk' for the conveyance of the eclipse party from Malta to Sfax, 1905, including the Astronomer Royal's report to the Admiralty on the expedition results.

Correspondence with the British Consul, Tunis, regarding the observing site and with the Hotel de France concerning accommodation, 1905.

Correspondence with Indemnity Mutual Co. regarding insurance for the instruments and a copy of the policy, 1905.

Correspondence with H.H. Turner concerning instruments for the eclipse expedition, 1905.

Correspondence with Major Hills concerning the loan of instruments and modifications to them, 1905.

Three copies of the 'Nautical Almanac Circular', No. 19, 1905.

File of newspaper cuttings from British and Canadian papers regarding the eclipse, 1905.

General correspondence concerning the eclipse, 1904-1906, including a number of amateur photographs, mostly in poor condition.


  • Creation: 1904 - 1906


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1 bundle(s) (1 bundle)

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

Q3 (11)

Finding aid date

2006-03-30 10:46:30+00:00

Includes index.


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