Sydney News: Eclipse of the Moon

9th March 1830

On this day, 9th March 1830, there was a total eclipse of the Moon, commencing a little after nine in the evening, total darkness at quarter before ten lasting two hours.

The Sydney Gazette published a short piece on 11 March 1830, describing the eclipse:

The eclipse of the moon on Tuesday evening took place according to the previous calculations. There were several masses of clouds, some light and some heavy, which occasionally shut out from the eye the wonderful process going forward ; but now and then it was seen most distinctly, the moon swimming in an ocean of pure blue. 1


  1. Source: 1830 ‘THE PUBLIC PETITION.’, The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1803 – 1842), 11 March, p. 2. , viewed 12 Mar 2020,[]