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Baby Scales - Artefact

From the Collection of Warrnambool and District Historical Society Inc. 2 Gilles Street (south of Merri St) Warrnambool Victoria

Description
This is a metal set of scales with a rectangular base tapering at one end. At the top is attached a metal receptacle for holding a baby and underneath this on top of the base is the scale mechanism with a metal measuring device. The item is painted yellow and green but the paint is well rusted and peeling in places.
Size
Base: W 29 cm. H 48 cm. D 4 cm. Dish: W 27 cm. L 54 cm.
Object Registration
002514
Keywords
warrnambool baby health centres, dr isabella younger-ross
Historical information
This set of baby scales is believed to have been used in a Baby Health Centre in Warrnambool. The first Baby Health Centre in Warrnambool was opened in Liebig Street in October 1921. It was initially run by Sister Riley. The development of Baby Health Centres in Victoria was largely due to the work of Dr Isabella Younger-Ross (1887-1956). She was born in Warrnambool to Henrietta and John Younger (the Younger department store operated in Liebig Street Warrnambool for over 60 years). Isabella Younger Ross studied medicine in Melbourne and Glasgow and she was a prominent worker in the field of maternal and infant welfare for over 40 years.
When Made
1940s
Significance
These scales are retained as an example of the type of equipment used in baby health centres in the early to mid 20th century. It will be useful for display.
Inscriptions & Markings
15 lb.
Last updated
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