n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Disappearance of Lacaille Plaque : news note

Volume 69, Issue 3_4
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



While on foot in the Cape Town CBD on the morning of 16 March 2010, our Treasurer, Cliff Turk, discovered to his horror that the historical century-old plaque commemorating de Lacaille's monumental contribution to astronomy during a two-year stay in Cape Town more than 250 years ago had disappeared. On a previous occasion Cliff explained its significance to the owner of the shop next to the plaque, who showed great interest in its history. When Cliff enquired of her about its disappearance, she was equally stunned. She had shown it to someone about two weeks before so it had to have disappeared quite recently. A smaller plaque that was below it is still there.

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