Telling the Time by the Sun, An Enlightening Afternoon

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Sundial at the Gardens (Photo: Pam Rooney)
Sundial at the Gardens (Photo: Pam Rooney)

Many gardens large and small feature a sundial. Canberra is fortunate to have a number of publicly accessible sundials; several of them devised by the Adelaide based physicists Marg Folkard and John Ward of Sundials Australia.

On Friday 8 October we have an opportunity to hear Marg talk about the history and science of sundials, as well as the exacting art of creating them.  She will focus in particular on two sundials – the armillary sphere in the ANBG and the analemmatic or human sundial at Mt Stromlo.

This event, organised jointly by the Friends of the ANBG and the Australian Garden History Society, was to have been held in 2020 as part of the Friends 30th Anniversary celebrations.  It celebrates the 20th anniversary of the gift of the sundial to the ANBG by the Friends.

An Enlightening Afternoon will start in the ANBG theatrette, and continue with a walk to the sundial near the rockery in the ANBG.  Flora Explorer will be available for participants with limited mobility.  After afternoon tea at the Gardens, we will drive in our own cars to the sundial at Mt Stromlo Observatory and tell the time by our own shadows in the late afternoon light.

Time and Venue:  Start  at 1.30 pm in the ANBG Theatrette, and finish at about 5.15 pm at the Mt Stromlo Observatory.  This is a self-drive event.

Cost:  Tickets $25 including afternoon tea (plus booking fee).

Bookings:  Bookings are essential as places are limited. Bookings open on Friday 6 August 2021. Bookings can be made at https://www.trybooking.com/BSEUG. Preferential bookings for Friends of the ANBG and Australian Garden History Society members from 6 to 21 August.  General bookings from 22 August.

Enquiries:  events@friendsanbg.org.au , or phone Christianna on 0410 577 677.