Colonial Time-ball Observatory.
Mr. Thomas King, the officer in charge, reports as follows: “The transit work in connection with the daily-time service has proceeded as usual. Details of the observations are appended hereto, together with particulars of the rates of the standard clocks. The clocks have gone well throughout the year. The transit instrument has, of course, been frequently tested for adjustment.
As in past years, hourly galvanometer signals have been sent from the Observatory to the Colonial Museum, and to the Telegraph-office, Wellington; and time has been distributed throughout the colony each morning at 9 o'clock. On chronometer-rating days special signals have, as heretofore, been telegraphed to the chief ports of the colony for the convenience of navigators. The time-ball at Wellington has been dropped each day at noon (Sundays excepted).