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Ornamental weather vane, 1959
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Weathervane, ornamental, brass / wood, made by Leslie Williams, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1959
This weathervane was made by Leslie Williams in October 1959 and was acquired by the Powerhouse Museum the following year. An alternative name for a weathervane is a weather-cock because of the image of a rooster that was placed on top of the vane's spoke. An arrow also rotated on the spoke which when blown gave a visual indicator of the direction the wind was blowing from.

This particular object is probably modelled on a portable wind vane but looks to be an ornamental version which was displayed indoors. It is significant as an example of locally made Australian brass work.

Geoff Barker, Assistant Curator, March 2007
The weathervane was made by Leslie Williams in Adelaide South Australia, the date 1959 is engraved on the base.
The weathervane was used by the Sydney Observatory.

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Weathervane, ornamental, brass / wood, made by Leslie Williams, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1959

An indoor weathervane consisting of a vertical brass spoke with a horizontal brass pointer at the top of the spoke in the shape of an arrow that can spin on its axis. Below the pointer are four directional markers indicating north, south, east and west. The central brass spoke is attached to a brass plate that has been screwed to a rectangular wooden base.

Made: Williams, Leslie; Adelaide, South Australia; 1959

Used: Sydney Observatory; Sydney
Text engraved onto a plaque attached to the brass plate reads 'LESLIE WILLIAMS / MAKER / ADELAIDE' There is also a date engraved on the brass plate '21/10/59'
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355 mm
145 mm
155 mm

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Acquisition credit line
Gift of Mr L J Williams, 1960
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Sydney Observatory Collection
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+ Observing the Weather, Sydney Observatory
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