To the Memory of
Charles Rooking Carter
Through whose generosity
The Erection of this Building
Was made Possible.
At the same ceremony, His Worship the Mayor, Mr. T. C. A. Hislop, on behalf of the City Council, formally handed over the 9-inch telescope and the Observatory grounds to the Board.
The work of the Observatory, covering a wide field, has been carried on as usual, despite the handicaps presented in transferring to the new building. Solar observations are made regularly, and auroral reports are gathered from nearly 600 established observers in New Zealand, as well as many sources in Tasmania. This auroral organisation provides valuable data for statistical purposes, especially in the study of correlations. Double stars, occultations and comets are observed. The results of the routine observations are published in the Carter Observatory Astronomical Bulletin, which appears regularly. Papers prepared by the Observatory staff have also appeared in various scientific journals and reprints have been issued.
A series of lectures was given in 1941 by Mr. Geddes, and the temporary Observatory was open to the public until November, 1941. In March, 1942, the public sessions were again resumed, with much success, in the new building.
On 13th December, 1941, Mr. M. Geddes left for service with the Royal New Zealand Navy. Mr. I. L. Thomsen was appointed Acting-Director, and Miss K. Turner was appointed as clerical assistant.
M. A. F. Barnett
C. G. G. Berry.