Stories Organisations Projects About Login

MMBW Hand Tool "Pick"

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

Description
MMBW hand tool, "Pick" with wooden handle and 'MMBW 'stamped on the metal head.
Object Registration
mwh02007
Keywords
melbourne water, mmbw, melbourne metropolitan board of works, pick axe, construction, work, staff, equipment, technology
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.
Significance
This hand tool is of historical significance for its association with the former Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW). This tool is a rare surviving object of standard Board issued equipment. It is significant for its representativeness of the theme of Technology in building Victoria's industries and workforce, which continues to resonate strongly within Melbourne Water today.
Last updated
24 May 2018 at 3:05PM