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Shuttle - Matmaking, circa 1950s-1970s Reg. No: SH 931299
- Wooden Shuttle used by visually impaired workers in the matmaking workshop at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind factory, circa 1950s-1980s. It was used on the weaving frame to pass weft strings between warp strings. David Blythe remembers that it was used in weaving 6 ft. wide hall mats and indoor cricket matting.
- Hollowed out wooden handle shaped like a canoe but without sides. Metal rod extends lengthways down shuttle over this hollow.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), 1993
|Dimensions:||6.00 cm (Height), 6.00 cm (Width), 29.00 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||working life, tools, industries, disability organisations, visual impairment|
|Themes this item is part of:||Working Life & Trades Collection|
|On Display at:||Melbourne Museum|
|Primary Classification:||MEDICINE & HEALTH|
|Secondary Classification:||Health Organisations|
|Tertiary Classification:||occupational therapy tools & equipment|
|Place Used:||Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Prahran, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950s-1980s|
|References:||David Blythe - President Blind Workers Union|