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First Aid Kit (plastic lunch box)

From the Collection of Melbourne Water 990 La Trobe Street Docklands Victoria

Description
First Aid Kit (plastic lunch box)
Size
250mm(L) x 75mm(H) x 100mm(D)
Object Registration
mwh20170719_006
Keywords
melbourne metropolitan board of works, melbourne water, first aid kit, mmbw, safety, water, sewerage
Historical information
As the Yarra became unsuitable as a source of water, several attempts were made to find alternative sources for the growing population of Melbourne. It was not until 1891 that the efforts to sewer Melbourne came to fruition with the setting up of the Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW), now known as Melbourne Water. From 1891 until 1992, it was the responsibility of the MMBW to safeguard public health by providing a sewerage system and a safe water supply system. In 1992, The MMBW merged with a number of smaller urban water authorities to form Melbourne Water.
When Made
1970s
Significance
This first aid kit is of historical significance for its association with the former Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW). The kit is relatively intact and a rare surviving object of standard Board issued equipment. The kit is significant for its representativeness of the theme of Safety that continues to resonate strongly within Melbourne Water today.
Inscriptions & Markings
MMBW 1339 (burnt into plastic)

Board of Works Decal
Last updated
31 May 2018 at 4:47PM