Elizabeth McCartney is the project conservator for the Great Melbourne Telescope Restoration. Erected at the Melbourne Observatory in 1869, for three decades the GMT was the largest operational telescope in the world. In 1945 it was sold for reuse at Mt Stromlo Observatory near Canberra where it continued to be used for astrophysical research. After parts were burnt in the 2003 Canberra bushfires, it was sent to Museums Victoria for restoration. This is a complex project to restore an object of great state, national and international significance. The restoration project has recently arrived at a critical juncture, with Elizabeth’s  Mid-Career Scholarship developing her knowledge of metals conservation with a timely benefit to her work on this project.

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