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Kieserite Sample - Hydrated Magnesium Sulphate, Stassfurt, Germany, circa 1888 Reg. No: ST 012129
- This Kieserite Sample is Hydrated Magnesium Sulphate (used in the production of Epsom salt). The sample consists of dirty-white lumps, composed of a granular and crumbly substance, and comes from Stassfurt, Germany. It was exhibited at the 1888 Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition. At the close of the exhibition in 1889 Captain Wagemann donated the sample to the Industrial &Technological Museum.
The Industrial &Technological Museum's annual report states that, from the Centennial International Exhibition, the Stassfurt Industries collection of minerals, salt and other products, raw and manufactured, from Stassfurt and neighbourhood, was presented to the Museum through Captain Wagemann. Captain Wagemann had earlier provided evidence at an 1881 inquiry into a fatal explosion onboard the Cerberus; from his testimony he appears to have been an expert in dynamite/ chemical reactions. - 'Report of the Board Appointed to Enquire into the Circumstances Connected with, and to, Discover the Cause of the Fatal Accident to the Boat's Crew of the 'Cerberus' at Queenscliffe by the Explosion of a Torpedo', 1880-81.
- The sample consists of dirty-white lumps, composed of a crumbly granular substance.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Exhibition: 1888 Centennial, Melbourne, 1888
|Dimensions:||32.00 cm (Height), 17.00 cm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||4.69 kg (Weight)|
|Dimension Comment:||Measurements taken for Australia Gallery redevelopment.|
|Tagged with:||exhibitions melbourne international centennial 1888-1889, kieserite, magnesium minerals|
|Themes this item is part of:||Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Engineering Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection|
|On Display at:||Melbourne Museum|
|Primary Classification:||MINING & METALLURGY|
|Secondary Classification:||Exploration & Prospecting - General|
|Tertiary Classification:||mineral samples|
|Place & Date Exhibited:||Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1888-1889|
|Mined By:||Stassfurt Industries, Staßfurt (Stassfurt), Germany, circa 1880|
|Agent:||Captain Wagemann, Staßfurt (Stassfurt), Germany, 1889|