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Join the Ballaarat Astronomical Society and Discover the mysteries of the Cosmos.
Download a Membership_Application.pdf
Before signing and sending your application you can read our Constitution
Memberships can be renewed by Direct Deposit , see details on the Membership Form above.
Meetings: The Society meets from 6pm for dinner and the meeting begins at 7pm on 2nd Friday of the following months: February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September (AGM), October, November, December (Christmas Breakup not formal meeting).
To book for Dinner contact 0429 199 312.
New Members most welcome to Members Night 2nd Friday of the Month except January. Members enjoy a discount for all programs at the Observatory, a 20% discount in the Science Shop, various discounts at Observatory Events where there is an entry charge – free if Members are helping for the event, and a 10% discount in the Third Rock Cafe.
Memberships are available at an Individual, Family, Corporate Associate including Business and School Level. Corporate Associate Business Membership allows for up to 5 Families to visit per year and Corporate Associate School Membership allows for up to 3 classes to visit per year which is excellent value for school families (about 1/2 price for normal entry for Students in a School Group).
Friday 14th October Meeting – The Astronomical Society of Geelong Members will join us for the evening.
6.00pm Astronomical conversations Dinner $15 with our visitors coming along.
7.00pm Tour and viewing if fine, discuss our mutual interest :)
Friday 11th November Guest speak Anthony Hooper
6.00pm Astronomical Conversations Dinner with Anthony and his Wife Julie.
7.0pm Anthony Hooper will give a talk about John Brittain and his wife Amy, Anthony’s great aunt touching on their life at the Observatory using family photos and other information from his family. He also plans to donate some material.John was born in Wales and migrated to Australia at the age of ten. He became a lecturer in astronomy and surveying at the Ballarat School of Mines. Ballarat School of Mines. When the Ballarat Observatory was on the brink of extinction, Brittain breathed new life into it and virtually rebuilt it during the period 1914-15, at which time the unique set of stained glass windows were installed. Several of these were donated by organisations in which Brittain was a very active member, namely the Welsh Cambrian Society of Sebastopol, The Orion Masonic Lodge and the Methodist Church, in which he was a Local Preacher for many years. Others were donated by friends with a great interest in astronomy.
He was Superintendent at the Observatory for 30 years, and contributed a monthly column, “Astronomy Notes” to the Ballarat Courier for forty years. His legacy to the people of Ballarat is the set of fine, historic buildings and the historic telescopes which, without his intervention, would have been lost to Ballarat.