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Standard Volume - Gallon, Primary Standard, Victoria, 1864 Object Reg. No: ST 42520

Primary standard gallon for Victoria, 1864. The measure has two handles, a strike disc and is housed in a wooden box. It was originally used by the Customs Department as the Imperial standard measure for Victoria. Transferred to Melbourne Observatory in 1902 when the observatory took over responsibility for administering primary standards of weights and measures for Victoria.
Metal vessel the volume of which defines the standard gallon. Vessel has two handles with ivory insets at the base. The wooden box has a large hinged lid, a lock on the front, and has a hollowed section lined with blue velvet designed to fit the vessel.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Victoria: Local Government Department Office of Trade Measurement (formerly Weights & Measures Branch), 1994
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 27 cm (Height), 30 cm (Width), 35 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: BOX

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Tagged with: standard weights measures, weights measures, customs houses, taxes
Themes this item is part of: Weights & Measures at Melbourne Observatory, Melbourne Observatory Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Positional Astronomy at Melbourne Observatory, Melbourne Observatory & Standard Time in Victoria, Astrographic Catalogue, Transits of Venus, 1874 & 1882, Buildings at Melbourne Observatory, Star Observations & Personal Equation, Meteorology at Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1908, Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1944, Geodetic Survey of Victoria, 1858-1872, Customs House, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 1998-2015
Primary Classification: COMMERCE & RETAILING
Secondary Classification: Weights & Measures
Tertiary Classification: standard volume measures
Inscriptions: Measure stamped: 'PRIMARY STANDARD GALLON, VICTORIA, 1864' and '1882'.
Lid of box marked: 'PRIMARY STANDARD GALLON, VICTORIA, 1864'
User: Victoria: Customs & Excise Department, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1864-1902
User: Melbourne Observatory, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 1902-1945

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