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Searching Dark Skies: Ken Beames and the Linden Observatory

Searching dark skies: the history of the life and work of Ken Beames, engineer, astronomer and builder of the Linden Observatory and its impressive 24-inch reflector telescope.

Continuing on our ongoing Open Day theme of Dark Skies and Astronomy, guest speaker Ian Bridges, of the Linden Observatory and Museum Association will speak about Ken Beames, who built the heritage-listed observatory and constructed over 450 telescopes over his working life. For those who are curious about the history of the Blue Mountain’s oldest building, the Woodford Academy will be also open for tours throughout the day. Built originally as a Roadside Inn in the 1830s, the building has 180 years of multi-layered history as Alfred Fairfax’s country residence, a salubrious guest house, and a private school owned by classics scholar John McManamey. It was bequeathed to the National Trust NSW in 1979 by his daughter Gertie and is now a museum with a unique and creative insight into the history and heritage of the region.

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90-92 Great Western Highway, Woodford, New South Wales

Our volunteer-run cafe will be offering coffee and tea as well as delicious cakes.
Parking is available on Vale Rd, accessed via Woodford Ave from either direction of the Great Western Hwy.


10 am - 4 pm
Talk at 1 pm

Entry fees:
Adults $ 10, Concession $ 8, Family $ 25
Prebooking requiredhttps://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/woodford-academy-general-entry-tickets-198198365647
Onsite facilities: