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ACT Branch: Telling the Time by the Sun: an enlightening afternoon

3 April 2020

Unfortunately due to the current situation, this event has been postponed.  We hope to reschedule this event at a later date.

Using the apparent movement of the sun to mark the passage of time goes back to antiquity, with people from many different cultures creating devices – sundials – that use a light spot or a shadow to record time. Before clocks were invented, sundials were used in public places and in the grounds of significant buildings to mark the hours of the day. By the 19th century sundials had become largely ornamental, and today many gardens large and small feature a sundial.

Canberra is fortunate to have a number of publicly accessible sundials, several of them devised by the Adelaide based physicists Dr Marg Folkard and John Ward of Sundials Australia.

This event has been organised jointly by the Australian Garden History Society and the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens to celebrate several milestones: the AGHS 40th birthday, the ANBG Friends’ 30th birthday, and the 20th anniversary of ANBG’s sundial – a gift from its Friends.

Enquiries: Nancy Clarke – or 0423 690 626.


3 April 2020
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