Historical information

A super comet known as the 'Great September Comet' and renowned by some to be the brightest
comet ever seen. Visible by the naked eye in the Southern skies in 1882.


Depicts visual record of a local sighting by early settlers of a special astronomical event in the Daylesford area in the 1880's.

Physical description

A print of art work depicting a man and woman near their hut in forest clearing, looking up to comet in sky. Rectangular shape, sepia colour and adhered on card.

Inscriptions & markings

On front bottom; THE COMET of 1882 as seen from Sailors Creek near Daylesford Sept 6 at 4.30am.

On back; Donated by O.Bell Musk Vale written in ink. Olive Bell of Bells Reef Road family hist Mathew Bell written in pencil. At bottom written in ink; Seen at 4.30a.m Sept 6 1882