Telegraph station and time-ball by golftragic

Telegraph station and time-ball

The telegraph station was build 1857/58. The time-ball was first used in 1862 to signal to shipping in Corio Bay.

https://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMNY0F_Time_Ball_Geelong_Telegraph_Station_Victoria_Australia
Like how you framed the ball and those windows below have very interesting reflections. Very glad to see that its being used again.
November 27th, 2019  
What’s a time-ball Marnie ? Never heard of it
November 27th, 2019  
Wonderful!! Thanks for the link!!
November 27th, 2019  
A great shot of this unusual sight.
November 27th, 2019  
great capture - I've not seen this :)
November 27th, 2019  
What a great shot of the time ball.
November 27th, 2019  
A very interesting building and lovely reflections.
November 27th, 2019  
That is a very curious story, I had never heard before about such a method to signal time. Thank you for providing the link.
November 27th, 2019  
Fascinating bit of history and a beautiful building to boot!
November 27th, 2019  
Very interesting Marnie. Never heard of a time ball and having read about it still not sure how it worked. Did it just let people know it was 1pm? Is this me being thick? Lol!
November 27th, 2019  
@joysabin I don't think it's used any more Joy. Apart from anything else there's too many bigger buildings in the way and in these days of digital everything not necessary anyway.
November 28th, 2019  
@momamo @pamknowler Back when keeping accurate time was not as simple as it is now various devices were used to help sailors do so. Some places, eg (I think) Singapore fired a big gun at a certain time (noon?) every day. Others had a time-ball. The big black ball was dropped to the base of the mast at exactly 1pm every day so clocks could be checked. Accurate time was needed for navigation and, probably, other stuff too. The time-ball/s had to be easily visible from whatever harbour, of course.
November 28th, 2019  
@photographycrazy I always like to know more about interesting oddities.
November 28th, 2019  
@ludwigsdiana Thanks Diana. Not too many around the world these days.
November 28th, 2019  
@gilbertwood Ryrie Street between La Trobe Tce and Geringhap St, next to the old Geelong GPO.
November 28th, 2019  
@onewing Thanks Babs, I've been trying to get a decent shot for ages.
November 28th, 2019  
@haskar Thanks Haskar, by Australian standards Geelong is an old city and we still have some of the really old buildings, thank goodness
November 28th, 2019  
@etienne Thanks Etienne, I'm always fascinated by this kind of thing.
November 28th, 2019  
@vignouse Thanks Richard, like you I find historical structures very interesting.
November 28th, 2019  
Fascinating
November 28th, 2019  
@golftragic Thanks I'll have to have a look net time I'm in Geelong :)
November 28th, 2019  
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