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Needle Puller - Handmade, circa 1980s Object Reg. No: SH 932039

Needle Puller made by R.V.I.B. Factory workers, probably Tom Jennings or Fred Kilpatrick, circa 1980s. It was used by visually impaired workers in the matmaking workshop 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 their wrists were strong enough to pull the needle through the mat.
Grey metal object with hollow handle and cylindrical needle pull with hole in end. Interior of handle is pitted with holes.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 130 mm (Height), 25 mm (Width), 35 mm (Length)

More information

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
Place & Date Made: Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Prahran, Victoria, Australia, circa 1980s

Probably made by Tom Jennings or Fred Kilpatrick
Place & Date Used: Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (RVIB), Prahran, Victoria, Australia, circa 1980s
References: Malcolm Fraser - R.V.I.B. Factory workshop supervisor; Tom Jennings - R.V.I.B. Factory worker

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