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Science & Measurement Collection
Source: Museum Victoria
This diverse and selective collection represents significant aspects of Australian scientific research and applied science since the 19th century.
Significant items have been acquired directly from scientists or their institutions, including universities, government departments and the CSIRO. The collection also includes representative examples of laboratory equipment and scientific teaching and demonstration apparatus.
Apart from their scientific purpose, many items hold value as extraordinary examples of design and craftsmanship and as manifestations of the impact of science and technology on people's daily lives.
The collection particularly emphasises local scientific research and practical applications of science pertaining to the history of Victoria, but also includes objects from a broader history of science, such as objects from the Soviet and US space programs.
- Scientific equipment developed by Australian scientists: Shephard Ruling Engine (1890s), Steele-Grant Microbalance (1909), Laby-Hercus apparatus for the determination of the mechanical equivalent of heat (1920s) and the first atomic absorption spectrophometer, developed by Alan Walsh at CSIRO (1952).
- Important examples of 19th and 20th century scientific equipment, including physics and chemistry laboratory equipment.
- Representative microscope collection, from Culpeper microscopes (1740s) to early electron microscope (1949).
- Astronomical equipment from the Melbourne Observatory (1860s-1946), including an eight-inch transit telescope (1884), and parts of the Great Melbourne Telescope (1868); associated archival material, photographs, and astronomical photographic plates.
- Original astronomical observations of Ernst Hartung.
- Primary weights and measures of Victoria from the 19th and 20th century, used for establishing standards and testing.
- Surveying equipment, including theodolites, telescopes and measuring rods used in the Geodetic Survey of Victoria (1858-72).
- Meteorological equipment, including items used in the Shackleton Antarctic expedition (1914-17).
- Equipment and personal effects from the exploration of Antarctica, from the early period (Shackleton 1907-09 and Rayner 1927-39) to the era of scientific exploration and establishment of permanent bases (1949-1960s).
See 'Collectors of Time', an essay on this collection from A Museum for the People: A history of Museum Victoria and its predecessor institutions 1854-2000.
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Certificate commemorating the opening of the High Performance Centre In 1997. Tthe Bureau of Meteorolgy and CSIRO combined resources to establish the High Performance Computing and Comm ...Images: 2
Certificate ranking the NEC SX-5 as 122nd in the top 500 supercomputers in the world. In 1997, the Bureau of Meteorolgy and CSIRO combined resources to establish the High Performance C ...Images: 2
Guarantee for Mickey Mouse wrist watch and statuette, made by Ingersoll Watch Co, New York, circa 1960. Watch is accompanied by its original box, guarantee and a Mickey Mouse statuette ...Images: 2
Gents trench wristwatch, marked 'ANZAC watch', probably 1920s. Swiss movement and nickel case, presumably with Australian dial. The wristwatch would appear to be an attempt to use the ...Images: 2
Child's 'Mickey Mouse' novelty wrist watch, made by Ingersoll Watch Co, New York, circa 1960. This watch is made in the style of the Ingersoll Mickey Mouse watches manufactured in the ...Images: 7
Gents Rolex Oyster Perpetual wristwatch, automatic, made by Rolex Watch Co, Switzerland, circa 1950. Side of case engraved 'G. M. Kersey'.Images: 1
A portable mercurial artificial horizon in a leather case, manufactured by Cary of London, England, 1907. The artificial horizon was used, especially in field observations, to establis ...Images: 4
Maximum and minimum thermometers. Set in small wooden case. Used on Ernest H. Shackleton's Antarctic expedition, 1914-1917. Made by Cary, London. Pre 1914.Images: 2
Braille barometer manufactured by Short & Mason, London. Used by the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind. Braille was first developed in 1825 by Louis Braille, a blind Frenchman. H ...Images: 1
Pair of modified wooden skis with stocks. These skis were used by Peter Paish on a three month 1,100 mile return glaciological exploration journey from Mawson Base to the Amery Ice Shel ...Images: 1