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Needle Puller - J. Dixon, circa 1930-1935 Object Reg. No: SH 932038

Metal Needle Puller manufactured by J. Dixon, circa 1930-1935. It was used by visually impaired workers in the matmaking workshop at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind to pull needles and thread through mats when binding edges of mats with rope plait. It was especially used when people were learning the trade before there wrists were strong enough to pull the needle through the mat.
Metal strip bent back round on itself at one end to form a handle. Other end has a hole through which to insert needle.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 145 mm (Height), 20 mm (Width), 23 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Incorrect measurements recorded - remeasured 3.10.08

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Tagged with: working life, tools, industries, disability organisations, sheltered workshops, 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
Inscriptions: Punched next to hole: J. DIXON.
Manufacturer: J. Dixon, circa 1930-1935
Place & Date Used: Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Prahran, Victoria, Australia, circa 1930-1992
References: Malcolm Fraser - R.V.I.B. Factory workshop supervisor; Tom Jennings - R.V.I.B. Factory worker

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