The fires of January 18, 2003, destroyed almost all of the historic telescopes and buildings of the Australian National University's Mt Stromlo Observatory. \
Five houses were also lost, including the Director's Residence, a heritage-listed example of early ACT government architecture.
The old Commonwealth Solar Observatory building was also destroyed, this heritage-listed building housed the administration offices, mechanical design office, and library of the Mount Stromlo and Siding Spring Observatories. All books, record files and photographic archives were lost.
Photograph © Jeff Cutting
Last updated 4 November 2014