An evening with Astronomer Fred Watson

John Tebbutt Hawkesbury Library Service
John Tebbutt Hawkesbury Library Service

Professor Fred Watson, one of Australia’s best known astronomers, will give a presentation on Hawkesbury astronomer, John Tebbutt (1834-1916) at Hawkesbury Central Library, Windsor on Tuesday, 29 November, which is the centenary of John Tebbutt’s death.

Born and bred in Windsor, Tebbutt was one of the 19th Century’s greatest astronomers, with a world-wide reputation.

Tebbutt was buried at St Matthew’s Cemetery, Windsor in a vault he designed himself.

Professor Watson has written a number of books about the study of the universe and enjoys communicating his passion for stargazing and is well-known for promoting astronomy on ABC radio. Professor Watson was also the Astronomer in charge of the Australian Astronomical Observatory at Coonabarabran between 1995 and 2009.

The local talk will be a fitting tribute to this famous Hawkesbury astronomer, said the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary-Lyons- Buckett.

“Professor Watson will give an engaging account of Tebbutt’s life and achievements,” the Mayor said.

“All participants to this event will also receive a free copy of the book written by John Tebbutt titled ‘Astronomical Memoirs.

“The first 50 library members who visit Windsor’s Hawkesbury Central Library on 29 November will also receive free copies,” she added.

“So, if you aren’t a member, now is great time to join and library membership is free.”

Refreshments will be available from 6:30pm with the talk commencing at 7pm. This is a free event; however bookings are required by calling (02) 4560 4460 or email programs@hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au

Hawkesbury Central Library is located at Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor.