Great Melbourne Telescope

Join this Vicfix campaign to pull focus on errors in articles about the Great Melbourne Telescope

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About the Great Melbourne Telescope

The Great Melbourne Telescope was an icon of Marvellous Melbourne. In the 1870s it was one of the largest steerable telescopes in the world and took some of the best photos of the moon that had ever been taken. The telescope was a source of pride to Melburnians, symbolising that theirs was a city of learning and culture, not just of economic wealth.

Historic newspapers published articles describing, in minute detail, the telescope's groundbreaking optics, mechanics, construction and performance. Such was the sense of civic optimism the telescope generated that one letter to the editor expressed the wish that 'the achievements of the Great Melbourne Telescope may far surpass the most sanguine expectations'.

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  • Choose an article listed below and click through to correct it on Trove (see our How-to guide).
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Great Melbourne Telescope photographed by Charles Nettleton, c1885–c1887

Great Melbourne telescope

Great news: all the articles in this campaign are fixed! Explore them by clicking on the 'Fixed articles' tab, or choose a newspaper article to fix in one of our other Vicfix correction campaigns.