Historical information

Mary Howlett (1840-1922) began practising as a country midwife in 1866 in the western district of Victoria. She qualified as a 'ladies monthly nurse' in 1887 and continued to practise as a nurse and midwife until 1920. Mrs Howlett's midwifery box and contents were given to Dr Frank Forster and he donated to the museum collection in 1993. A related item held in the collection is Mrs Howlett's linen apron donated by Patricia Thompson in 1993.

Physical description

Black bakelite irrigation nozzle.