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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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Compass sundial, white plastic case and clear plastic dome, made by Kilpatrick & Co, London, circa 1925.Images: 1
Replica horizontal sundial. Marked 'Time and Tide Wait for No Man' and 'Bury St. Edmonds 1618'. However it is not evident that this an actual replica of a sundial at Bury St Edmonds, ...Images: 3
Ivory diptych sundial, made by Leonhart Miller, Augsburg, Germany, 1640. The thin thread serves as the gnomon for the horizontal dial. The angle of the thread can be adjusted to 42, 45 ...Images: 5
Octagonal brass equatorial sundial, made by Johann Nepomuk Schrettegger (1764-1843), Augsburg, Germany, circa 1820.Images: 5
Chinese diptych sundial, in wooden case.Images: 2
Horizontal sundial with cannon that is fired at noon by the sun's rays, made in the mid 19th century.Images: 2
Sunclock or heliochronometer, designed and made by William Ernest Cooke, Government Astronomer of New South Wales, about 1922. The sunclock allowed quite accurate reading of the time t ...Images: 2
Retort furnace model used in connection with the stand pipes, bridge pipes, dip pipes and the hydraulic plain as erected in the Geelong Gas Works at one time.Images: 1
Wooden cylindrical container, originally housing Dixons 'Cycle Chain Graphite', used to maintain bicycle chains, but subsequently used by keen cyclist and field naturalist A.J. Campbell ...Images: 4
Miner's scales used at Mount Blackwood, Victoria during the 1850s gold rushes for the weighing of gold. Contained in an oval brown painted tin, inscribed in gold with "miners scale." su ...Images: 2