Robert Peters

(1872-1965) An longtime active Victoria Centre member; Service Award 1961.

ROBERT PETERS (1872-1965) joined the Victoria Centre shortly after his discharge from active service in World War I. During nearly 50 years of membership, he held the offices of Secretary, Vice-President, President (1939-40), and was on the Centre Council for over 30 years. He was one of the original organizers of "Summer Evenings with the Stars", and frequently contributed lectures to this popular annual series.

When the Victoria Centre acquired its 10 cm-refractor, the observatory was moved to the Peters' home in Gordon Head and he was appointed Director of Telescopes. In this capacity he gave generously and enthusiastically of his time, instructing the junior members in the art of observation, and holding "observation evenings" for members of the Society and their friends. For many years he gave regular reports on astronomical phenomena at meetings and accounts of the observatory's activities at the annual dinner meeting.

Esteemed for his genial personality and for his enthusiastic support of all the Society's activities, he was twice the Honorary President of the Centre (1943-44 and 1965) and received the Service Award in 1961. (Adapted from the citation written in 1961 by J.A. Pearce)

Peter Broughton (from Looking Up)

Peters, Robert