Sunrise at Elizabeth Bay House


In 2007 Gareth Malone, who was working as a guide at Elizabeth Bay House, documented for the first time the fact the house is precisely oriented to the position of the sunrise at the winter solstice. 

Over the previous 3 years the SLM web and screen media team have returned at dawn on the shortest day of the year to try and recapture this event. However on each occasion cloud cover has rolled in just as the sun was creeping over the horizon.

The video above was captured by an extra camera we had set up in the morning room and shows the fantastic harbour views enjoyed by Elizabeth Bay House. I'd forgotten we had this until I came across it while deleting some old folders off our edit suite and thought it was worth sharing.

Below is the original video created by Gareth in 2007.

About the Author

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Tim Girling-Butcher
Head of Digital
Tim has been working in the museums and gallery sector for more than twenty years across New Zealand and Australia.

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