Historical information

Williamstown formed as a Municipal Government in 1856 and applied to the Victorian Government for a set of standard weights that would ensure all businesses etc would weigh their goods correctly. They arrived in Williamstown and were used from 1860 until 1966 when decimalisation was established in Australia. T


These weights were the first of their kind to be acquired in Victoria.

Physical description

15 round brass Imperial standard weights in 3 timber cases, weights weighing 1/2oz to 56lbs. Numbers 1 to 11 with rounded knobs and largest 4 (12 to 15) with rounded handles. 12 smallest in timber case, next 2 weights in timber case & largest in timber case.

Inscriptions & markings

13 have Potter London engraved, also stamped are various verification dates.