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Hard Hat - 'Board of Works', White, 1984-1993 Object Reg. No: SH 940074

Summary:
Alternative Name(s): Safety Hat, Safety Helmet

White, hard plastic helmet shaped in one piece with front brim. Labelled 'Board of Works'. Made by North.

North Safety Products is a large Canadian safety products manufacturer. It was established in 1973 as a division of the Norton Company. After a series of acquisitions of other businesses, the name Siebe North Inc was adopted in 1984. It was changed to North Safety Products in 1994.

The Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW) was established by Act of the Victorian Parliament in 1890 and came into operation in March 1891. The MMBW was responsible for ensuring that the Melbourne area had 'an adequate supply of pure water and an efficient sanitation system'. The MMBW was responsible for the construction of the Spotswood Sewerage Pumping Station, built between 1893 and 1897, and the Werribee Treatment Works as part of Melbourne's first centralised sewerage system. Most of Melbourne's larger water supply dams were built by MMBW during the period after 1900.

The MMBW became Melbourne Water with the proclamation of the Melbourne Water Act in July 1992. MMBW traded as Melbourne Water from 1 September 1991.
Description:
White, hard plastic helmet shaped in one piece with front brim. The crown has a raised strip running along the centre. At the front is a black logo. The front brim extends out a short way. The underside is reinforced with plastic and fabric strips. At the back the plastic forms an adjustable strap with two rows of holes.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Melbourne Water, 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 15.50 cm (Height), 21.00 cm (Width)

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Tagged with: occupational health safety, working life, protective clothing safety wear
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: CIVIL ENGINEERING
Secondary Classification: Dams & Water Supply
Tertiary Classification: safetywear
Inscriptions: Logo: BOARD OF WORKS. Label: PROTECTION.NORTH/AT ALL POINTS/SAFETY WARNING:/HELMETS MUST BE REPLACED/ IF DAMAGED DUE TO SEVERE... [Extensive Text].
Manufacturer: North, 1984-1993

Latest date derived from date of acquisition.
Organisation Named: Board of Works
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, 1984-1993

Dates based on the adoption of the name 'North' by the presumed manufacturer, and the date acquired by Museum Victoria.
References: North Safety Products web site http://www.northsafety.com, accessed 1/2/2010

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