Bert Topham

Earliest Society Bylaws

A transcription of this document is provided below. A photo of this document appeared in JRASC, (35) 89 along with this note:

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Oby Survey

Ottawa, Ontario,
February 28th, 1952.

Mr. John Galt,
Secretary, Toronto Centre,
Royal Astronomical Society of Canada,
43 Adelaide street, East,
Toronto, Ontario.

Dear Mr. Galt:
          The enclosed questionnaire on Canadian observatories,
issued at the request of the International Astronomical Union,
is self-explanatory.

             If the Society maintains an observatory or if you know
of any persons who maintain private observatories in the city
of Toronto it would be very much appreciated if you could have
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Bert Topham Sidereal Clock

Bert Topham's sidereal clock, dated 1936.  Kindly donated to the Society by Lynn Kirk in October 2013.

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Bert Topham Sextant

Bert Topham's nautical sextant. Kindly donated to the Society by Lynn Kirk in October 2013.

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Chant Medal 1941

Bert Topham's Chant Medal from 1941.  This is the first Chant Medal ever awarded.  Kindly donated to the Society by Lynn Kirk in October 2013.  It is on display at national office in Toronto.

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Bert's Flowers

Bert Topham was also interested in flowers.  Photo courtesy of Lynn Kirk.

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Topham Small Refractor

Bert Topham's small refractor, as it appeared circa 2010.  Photo courtesy of Lynn Kirk.

This may be Robert Ridgeway's 3-inch telescope, which Topham purchased about 1930 in Whitevale, Ontario from Ridgeway's daughter (see JRASC v35, p.92).

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Swift Canadian Factory

The Swift Canadian Co. factory where Bert Topham worked.  Photo courtesy of Lynn Kirk.

Note by EBriggs on Tue, 2013-10-08 13:45: Intersection of Keele and St. Clair.

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Topham Truss Scope

Bert Topham's truss telescope.  Bert is at the far right.  Photo courtesy of Lynn Kirk.

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105 Regent St - Back

105 Regent Street, Toronto (rear view) as it appeared in 2010.

Bert Topham's first dome, Topham's Top which he purchased second-hand and trucked across Toronto, was perched above the sunroom (see Scientific American, November 1937).

Photo courtesy of Lynn Kirk.

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