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Standard Volume - Half Gallon, Potter, Primary Standard, Victoria, 1863 Object Reg. No: ST 042808

Summary:
Standard imperial half gallon, brass. Made by Potter, London.

Originally used by the Customs Department as the Imperial standard measure for Victoria. Transferred to Melbourne Observatory in 1902 when the observatory took over responsibility for administering primary standards of weights and measures for Victoria. Subsequently used by the Weights and Measures Branch when the Observatory closed in 1944.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Victoria: Local Government Department Office of Trade Measurement (formerly Weights & Measures Branch), 1994
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 15.5 cm (Height), 23 cm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: standard volume measures, standard weights measures
Themes this item is part of: Melbourne Observatory Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Positional Astronomy at Melbourne Observatory, Weights & Measures at Melbourne Observatory, Melbourne Observatory & Standard Time in Victoria, Astrographic Catalogue, Transits of Venus, 1874 & 1882, Buildings at Melbourne Observatory, Star Observations & Personal Equation, Meteorology at Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1908, Melbourne Observatory, 1863-1944, Geodetic Survey of Victoria, 1858-1872, Customs House, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 1998-2015
Primary Classification: COMMERCE & RETAILING
Secondary Classification: Weights & Measures
Tertiary Classification: standard volume measures
Inscriptions: Stamped "VICTORIA", 'STANDARD', '1863' and 14 subsequent dates to 1951.
Maker: John Potter, London, Middlesex, England, Great Britain, 1863
User: Victoria: Customs & Excise Department, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 1863-1902
User: Melbourne Observatory, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 1902-1944
User: Victoria: Weights & Measures Branch, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 1945

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