Port Macquarie, NSW
The coastal town of Port Macquarie, in New South Wales, will feature in the National Museum of Australia’s new Landmarks gallery. Port Macquarie is well known as a holiday place, but it also has a reputation as a location where people have taken their scientific pursuits very seriously, and have gained Australia-wide reputations as a result.

My name is Roslyn Russell and I’m a curator at the National Museum. I’m researching amateur science, particularly amateur astronomy, in Port Macquarie. In late 2008 I visited the town to understand its history, inspect its museum and collections and talk with one of the astronomers at Port Macquarie Observatory. I also visited the ruins of Lake Innes House, an historic property where a young diarist, Annabella Boswell, gave a detailed description of sighting a comet in 1843. Here are some photos from that trip.

— Roslyn Russell, Curator, National Museum of Australia
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