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Lamp - WT Co, USA, circa 1929 Object Reg. No: SH 891631

This Kerosene Lamp, was used in the Methodist Babies Home in South Yarra, Victoria. It was manufactured by W.T. Co., USA, circa 1929. The lamp would have given a weak light, and was probably used as a night light in a dormitory at the Methodist Babies Home, Copelen Street, South Yarra.

The Methodist Babies Home was opened in 1929. Babies, especially from the inner-city slums, were referred to the home through the Children's Court. From 1929 until the early 1970s the Home's role was to care for babies awaiting adoption. From 1974, the direct care of neglected babies was phased out in favour of family-unit-based support services.
Small glass lamp with coiled twine wick in base; glass top inverted over wick. It is no longer possible to remove the top, which has been jammed down onto the base. The base was probably filled with kerosene.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Copelen Street Family Services, 1989
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 8.70 cm (Height), 5.50 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: children s homes, orphanages
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Methodist Babies Home, South Yarra, 1929-1970
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: ENERGY TECHNOLOGY
Secondary Classification: Illumination - Kerosene
Tertiary Classification: kerosene lamps
Inscriptions: Glass marked on base: W.T.CO. / U.S.A.
Manufacturer: W.T. Co., United States of America, circa 1929
Place & Date Used: Methodist Babies Home, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, circa 1929

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