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MMBW briefcase

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

Description
MMBW brown leather briefcase with MMBW gold embossed on the lid.
Object Registration
mwh02010
Keywords
mmbw, melbourne metropolitan board of works, melbourne water, briefcase, staff, people, work, water supply
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
c.1950s
Significance
This MMBW briefcase is of historical significance for its association with the former Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW). This item is perfectly intact and a rare surviving object of standard Board issued accessories. The briefcase is significant for its representativeness of the theme Staff and in building Victoria's industries and workforce, which continues to resonate strongly within Melbourne Water today. The style of this briefcase also demonstrates early 19th century design.
Last updated
31 May 2018 at 4:48PM