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Sydney Observatory Exhibition Refurbishment
Developed 1996-1997, open 1997-2009 and ongoing

Sydney Observatory is a museum of astronomy, time-keeping, navigation and other sciences historically associated with this heritage Sydney site. Jesse supervised the content development of the exhibition for the Observatory’s first major refurbishment after it originally opened to the public. He was also the project leader to develop the Observatory’s travelling astronomy education display.

Image reproduced courtesy of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Photo: Unnamed Photographer

The main building on Observatory Hill site functioned as an active time-ball tower and astronomical observatory from 1858 to 1982 after which it was transferred to the Powerhouse Museum to operate as a museum.



Image reproduced courtesy of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Photo: Marinco Kojdanovski

'By the Light of the Southern Stars' exhibition is a highly varied and interactive display. Visitors can change two sets of lenses in this telescope interactive to see how it affects focus and magnification.


Image reproduced courtesy of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Photo: Marinco Kojdanovski

The Stars and planets room in 'By the Light of the Southern Stars' features diverse exhibition media and experiences. The range of exhibits and the layering of information engages a wide audience.


Image reproduced courtesy of the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Photo: Marinco Kojdanovski

The observatory exhibition includes indigenous Australian perspectives of the night sky. Cadi Eora birrong features animations of Aboriginal stories telling the origin of the moon, star groups and the Milky Way. Other video segments explain how the stars were used for navigation by land and sea, for land and water management practices and ceremonial use.


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