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Vaccine Triturator - Richardson Gears, circa 1930 Object Reg. No: HT 2859

Vaccine Triturator - important part of smallpox history, c1930, made by Richardson Gears, Footscray. Used for grinding scabs and pulp (from vesicles on calf) with glycerine to make smallpox vaccine. Raw materials go into funnel at top, are grounded up between threaded screw and sides, and come out as a smooth emulsion at the bottom. Threaded rotor of triturator fitted closely in the heavy brass and white metal sleeve. grinding effect resulted from thread getting shallower and finer as pulp moved along. Used by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) Limited, Parkville, Victoria
Square wood base with black silver and brass verticle apparatus tilted to central rod support
Acquisition Information:
Donation from CSL Ltd (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories), 2004
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 62.50 cm (Height), 28.00 cm (Width), 27.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: laboratory apparatus equipment, smallpox, vaccines
Themes this item is part of: Medicine in Society Collection, Science & Measurement Collection, CSL (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories) Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Medical Research
Tertiary Classification: laboratory equipment
Manufacturer: Richardson Gears Pty Ltd
User: CSL Ltd (Commonwealth Serum Laboratories), Parkville, Victoria, Australia, circa 1930

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