Story: Timekeeping

Colonial Time Service Observatory

Colonial Time Service Observatory

With the establishment of a standard New Zealand time, an observatory was built in the Wellington Botanic Garden in 1869. It set an exact official time by measuring the transit of stars. The building, on the edge of the Bolton Street cemetery, was demolished in 1906 to allow Prime Minister Richard Seddon to be buried there.

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Jock Phillips, 'Timekeeping - New Zealand mean time', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 August 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006