Queanbeyan’s Centenary gift now at home in the Arboretum

Released 27/09/2013

Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, today joined the Mayor of Queanbeyan, Councillor Tim Overall, on top of Dairy Farmers Hill to unveil the latest addition to the National Arboretum Canberra and Queanbeyan's gift to the national capital for its 100th birthday.

"I am pleased to accept the gift of an armillary sphere sundial from our close neighbour, Queanbeyan, in celebration of Canberra's Centenary and Queanbeyan's 175th birthday," the Chief Minister said.

"Queanbeyan played a crucial role in supporting Canberra during its establishment and lobbying for Canberra to become the Australian National Capital.

"Over the years this community partnership has grown and the sundial is a symbol of the strong ties between our two cities and, in particular, the contribution Queanbeyan made to Canberra's early development."

Designed and made by Hendrik Forster, the sundial is crafted from a combination of brass, bronze and stainless steel components. It consists of two vertical and one horizontal ring and is suspended on four legs which are mounted in a Wee Jasper stone plinth.

The sundial tells Local Apparent Time, or solar time, which is different from Eastern Standard Time. To tell the time using the sundial look at the shadow created by the rod running through the centre of the sphere. The shadow falls on a numbered scale, indicating the Local Apparent Time. If you do get a bit stuck, however, there is a plaque next to the sundial which details how to read the time.

"Visitors to the Arboretum can come and see the sundial which now stands on top of Dairy Farmers Hill, where there are beautiful views of Canberra and, Queanbeyan in the distance," the Chief Minister said.

"I would like to thank Mayor Overall for this lovely gift to Canberra to recognise the strong regional partnership we enjoy today and I look forward to this cross-border relationship growing even stronger into the future," the Chief Minister concluded.

The Arboretum is open seven days a week every day of the year except for Christmas Day. With daylight savings to commence next week, Sunday 6 October 2013, the Arboretum grounds will be open from 6 am to 8.30 pm, and the Village Centre from 9 am to 4 pm daily. For more information on the National Arboretum Canberra visit www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au or phone Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

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