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Volume 14, 1881
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Observatory.

The new sidereal clock has been placed in position for some months, and the chronograph having now arrived, the work of observation and distribution of correct time will be greatly facilitated as soon as the instruments have been thoroughly established.

The time-signals have been given with fair regularity, the transit observations being taken, as hitherto, by the Ven. Archdeacon Stock. B.A., who also personally superintends the setting of the local time-ball on those days for which time is notified in the morning paper; signals are also sent on those days to Lyttelton for the purpose of rating the clock which drops the time-ball at that port; but the utility and accuracy of the system might be greatly increased if it were extended to the other chief ports of the colony, and if a direct mechanical control of the local clocks were effected from the Observatory, as is done in other countries.