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400 Years of Telescopes

May 28 @ 02:30 - 19:00

UNESCO International Year Of Glass

This year the Observatory celebrates it’s 136th Birthday!

Saturday 21st and 28thMay ONLY

Special viewing through the Baker Telescope if clear

5.30-7.30pm true 400 Years of Telescopes viewing through the Baker Telescope if clear included.

Saturday 21st & 28th BOOK ONLINE

Book Here for general bookings as per usual Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays as well throughout May.

Viewing at the Baker Telescope if clear on these two nights.

Wheelchair access to the Oddie Room and Baker Hall, Brittain House and also Restroom facilities, and the custom built Federation – Adcock Telescope, the first public telescope for wheel chair access in Australia.


Past event 13th May Dinner ONLY  5.30pm Dinner

6.15pm  “400 years of Telescopes” The Second Oddie Lecture  will be presented by Barry Adcock, Telescope Maker, and he will speak about the 400 Years of Telescopes. The Ballarat Observatory has been a part of that for 136 years!

The Oddie Lecture recognises the legacy of James Oddie, who was instrumental in the establishment of the Observatory in 1886.

Our beautiful collection of Glass Lead Lighting Windows will be on display.

Past event: Click here to register for  a Zoom Link to be sent to you for an ONLINE LECTURE ONLY  Cost $5

7.00pm Viewing at the Telescopes

8.30pm Supper





The 1st Oddie Lecture -Keynote Address Dr Anne Beggs-Sunter – School of Arts, Federation University Australia. Anne’s research interests are in Australian colonial history, History of Art, Historiography and Cultural History, and heritage studies. Her special research has revolved around the Eureka Stockade and its interpretation.

“The Ladies Picture Show”

Anne’s talked will explore the work of two women in Ballarat, Miss Effie  Baker and Miss Margaret Oddie, who were pioneers of the art of photography in the 1890s, and particularly astronomical photography. Effie was the granddaughter of Captain Henry Baker, and Margaret was the adopted daughter of James Oddie, the founder of the Ballarat Observatory.

Lecture – Ballarat Municipal Observatory and Museum 1886-2021 – 135th Anniversary Judith Bailey Observatory Manager  – The legacy of Gold and the development of our Institutions resulting in a unique Regional Observatory.

Lecture – Discover the Amazing Universe – a Journey of the changing  technology which reveals our Universe 1886-2021 +. Judith Bailey Observatory Manager  – Constantly changing technology has revealed stunning knowledge about our Universe. Come on a fascinating journey on the “eve” of even further new technology which is coming on line this year and in the near future.


May 28
02:30 - 19:00


May 28
02:30 - 19:00
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