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Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) is the professional body for all specialist obstetricians and gynaecologists in Australia and New Zealand. The College has a museum collection comprising of O&G instruments. A key feature is a significant collection of obstetric forceps dating from the mid- 18th century to the present day. The advances in obstetric teaching, neo-natal investigation, as well as fertility investigation, infertility treatment and contraception are represented in the RANZCOG Museum collection.

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254-256 Albert Street, East Melbourne, Vic 3002 East Melbourne Vic 3002 (map)
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+61 61 3 9412 2923

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The RANZCOG Museum medical collection has medical equipment relating to the history of Obstetrics and Gynaecological practice and neonatal and postnatal care in Australia. The collection includes a fine collection of obstetric forceps, an extensive collection of contraceptive devices, fertility investigation equipment and some early Invitro- fertilization equipment, neonatal investigative equipment such foetal stethoscopes and ultrasound equipment, laparoscopy equipment, historic teaching models and a collection of microscopes.

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Handle, traction, for obstetric forceps

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Traction handle, one metal rod missing, late ninteenth century, rosewood handle, turned. On label, noted "may belong to long Simpson's forceps- 1900002 Frank Forster"."

Historical information

Possibly collected by Dr Frank Forster

Blunt hook

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Blunt hook, with fitting at end for handle attachment. Handle missing.

Specula, Uterine

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Set of four graduated bakelite vaginal speculum.

Pelvimeter, Ramsay

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Pelvimeter, metal, with callibrator graduated to 18 inches/ 45 cms. Inscribed " Ramsay" upper arm.

Historical information

This was included with other obstetric instruments, mostly destructive instruments, from Box Hill Hospital labour ward given to RANZCOG in February- March 1998. The maternity service at Box Hill hospital combined with St Geroge's hospital in Kew to be known as Birralee Maternity Service. These instruments were collected by Julie Collette, Unit Manager, St George's Kew and given to RANZCOG Museum Curator, Susan Barnett.

Blunt hook and crochet

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Blunt hook and crochet, with central hand grip of mahogany wood inlaid on either side. Maufacturer's stamp "MAW LONDON". MAW stamped at one end near the central wood inlay handle and LONDON at the other end.

Historical information

Most likely collected and donated by Dr Frank Forster.

Syringe, rectal

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Syringe, metal and glass with cork on plunger [125.2] , for rectal irigation in original manufacturers box "Glycerine Syringe"/ For relief of constipation". Box [125.3], original manufacturers box "Glycerine Syringe"/ For relief of constipation" containing Syringe, metal and glass [125.1] with cork on plunger [125.2] .

Historical information

Unknown donation

Knife, pocket

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Pocket knife, metal with ivory hanlde inserts, manufacturer "Sandoz"inscribed on handle. This pocket knife had an attached arm that was designed to break off the tops of glass vials containing catgut suture in solution.Sandoz manufactured the suture and provided the pocket knives with the vials of suture, according to Dr Ray Hyslop, the donor..

Obsteric teaching model

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Teaching model, uterus in cross-section revealing 8 week embryo.Plastic, painted with numbered sections, model on a green plastc stand with "SOMSO stamped on base, "MADE IN W- GERMANY'stamped underneath base . One of four models in the series, this is the first of the four.

Pessary, Eyeglass

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Pessary, black vulcanite, "eyeglass", stem style, small size.

Incomplete, Forceps, Zeigler

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Incomplete, Forceps, Ziegler, one blade only, ebony handle insert with cross-hatch pattern. Manufacturer: Young Edinburgh

Historical information

Possibly collected by Dr Frank Forster

Infant feeding bottle

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Clear glass bottle with calibrations in ounces and mls 18.5 cms in length. A thermometer is embedded on the front of the bottle. Embossed on the neck of the bottle: "Kuwa" and "Made in Germany" on the lower front of bottle near the base.

Surgical kit - Surgical kit of Lord Lister's

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Surgical instruments in original timber case, containing two steel sharp hooks with the manufacturer's stamp,"YOUNG EDINBURGH" on the handles , five steel scalpels with ebony handles in assorted sizes . Also included separately are autopsy hooks, one metal blowpipe [commonly used with urine testing apparatus] and two dissector forceps.

Historical information

This surgical instrument kit, c1870s, originally belonged to Lord Joseph Lister. On his retirement in 1892, Lord Lister presented the instrument kit to his friend Dr Alexander Matthew. The donor of the surgical kit, Professor Ian Stewart Fraser, is the great grandson of Dr Alexander Matthew.

Significance

This surgical kit, made by Young of Edinburgh Scotland in the 1870s is significant because it belonged to and was most likely used by an internationally important figure in modern medicine, Lord Joseph Lister. Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister, Bt., OM, FRS, PC (5 April 1827 – 10 February 1912), known as Sir Joseph Lister, Bt., between 1883 and 1897, was a British surgeon and a pioneer of antiseptic surgery. By applying Louis Pasteur's advances in microbiology, he promoted the idea of sterile surgery while working at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Lister successfully introduced carbolic acid (now known as phenol) to sterilise surgical instruments and to clean wounds, which led to a reduction in post-operative infections and made surgery safer for patients.

Inscriptions & Markings

The two steel sharp hooks both stamped on steel handle "YOUNG EDINBURGH." A sixth handle, [incomplete, the blade missing] has "ETHEL LIVIE" scratched into the handle. The instruments were passed down through the donor's mother's family and there was no one of that name in the family tree, according to the donor's mother.

Pessary, virginal

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Pessary, clear plastic, belonging to Olga Bolitho who inherited it from Dame Ella MacKnight. Used by Olga Bolitho once or twice, according to correspondence dated 14/5/00 from Olga Bolitho [held with the donation form]

Historical information

Dame Ella Macknight was an obstetrician and gynaecologist who worked at the Queen Victoria Hospital, Melbourne. She was appointed as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 1 January 1969 for services to medicine. She gained her MB BS in 1928 from the University of Melbourne. After qualifying as an obstetrician and gynaecologist, (MD, Melb.1931, DGO Melb 1936), she was associated with the Queen Victoria Hospital from 1935-1977. Her appointments included honorary obstetrician and gynaecologist from 1935-1964; vice-president of the Committee of Management for 1963-1971 and president from 1971-1977. She was president of the Council of the Royal College of Gynaecologists from 1970-1972.After her death in 1996, her family set up a post graduate scholarship in her honour with the Royal College of Gynaecologists & Obstetricians.

Pharmacopedoeia

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Pharmacopedoeia; The Alfred Hospital, 1931. Hard cover, student manual with blank pages for notes.

Historical information

Belonged to and used by Dr Ronald McKenzie Rome

Infant feeding bottle

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Bulbous clear glass bottle 15.5 cms in length with 'The Star Feeder' embossed on the front.

Blunt hook

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Blunt hook, Barnes, with mahogany handle and fine cross hatching pattern on four sides. Unknown manufacturer.

Historical information

Most likely collected and donated by Dr Frank Forster. Label attached indicates the item has been viewed by Bryan Hibbard and attributed as a Barnes type of blunt hook.

Stamp, postal

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

One stamp, issued to celebrate the centenary of antiseptic surgeryc1961in the United Kingdom. Heading; "Lister Centenary" portrait images of Joseph Lister and Queen Elizabeth 2.

Cupping glass

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Glass connection with red rubber hand pump.

Historical information

A cupping glass was in use from the early 1700s. Its purpose was to draw the nipple out from the areola in preparation for breast feeding. It may also be used for expressing small quantities of breast milk. Other possible uses include drawing fluid from other parts of the body such as oedema of the limbs or abdomen.

Figurine, Cycladic

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Early Christian (?) figurine , muttergottes, (German) virgin mother and child, figure wearing toga and veil, holding swaddled infant. Plaster with ochre over- painting, most likely modern replica. 15.7 cm height. Inscribed underneath in Frank Forster's hand, "1974 Muttergotteight [sic]/ Trier, Altbachta/ 2. Jn.nChr" Donated by Dr Frank Forster.

Historical information

Early Christian figurine, mother and infant, replica.

Stethoscope

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Stethoscope, metal with black rubber tubing and red rubber ear pieces x2, all rubber deteriorating.

Historical information

This stethoscope belonged to Dr Lorna Lloyd Green

Uterine flushing tube, Bozeman's

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Uterine flushing tube, Bozeman's. page 254 Sharp & Smith medical supplies catalogue, Chicago 1932 Manufacturer unknown, may have been imported from Germany.

Historical information

Items orginally belonged to Professor Bruce Mayes, University of Sydney c1950-65. According to Professor Warren Jones the items had been in a back room of the medical facility and Professor Mayes gave them to Warren Jones, otherwise they may have been thrown out. Warren Jones took them with him to Adelaide where he practiced from 1975.

Clip, Filshie

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Filshie clip, titanium and silicone clip used for tubal occlusion. This clip is unused and was in the posession of the donor, Dr Ray Hyslop. Flishie clips come onto the market in 1982 and was developed by Dr Mark Filshie of Nottingham U.K.

Medal

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Commerative silver medallion celebrating the Centenary of the Births, Deaths Registration and Marriage Acts 1837-1937. Portraits of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in profile are on one side and a lit torch is on the other.

Historical information

Belonged to Dr Frank Forster

Forceps, A.R. Simpson's

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Forceps, A.R.Simpson's, with ebony handles. Stamped "Gardner Edinburgh" on one inner blade handle.

Historical information

Possibly collected by Dr Frank Forster. Examined and identified by Bryan Hibbard.

Medallion

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Bronze medallion presented to Dr G Rothwell Adam for the Lister Memorial Oration in 1922 [inscribed along edge], in presentation box. Inscribed verso"British Medical Association, South Australian branch.

Historical information

Donated by Frank Forster who was given the medallion by the daughter of Dr G. Rothwell Adam.

Intrauterine device

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Paper packaging associated with registration number 24, IUD, Ansell- Anderson, silicone rubber impregnated with copper and zinc. Stamped, "THE/ ANDERSON-ANSELL/ LATEX LEAF/ I.U.D". "SIZE:A" "PATENTS PENDING'.

Historical information

The only IUD of Australian origin, developed in 1971 by Australian doctor Ian Anderson in partnership with Ansell Australia and manufactured at the Ansell factory, 18 River Street, Richmond in the 1970s. The device was taken up by the Battelle Foundation, USA, and clinical trails were carried out in Israel, Indonesia and Singapore. No formal clinical trials were carried out in Australia. The device was used extensively by Population Services International, a private abortion clinic in Sydney in the mid 1970s. At the time this device was donated to the collection in 1997 there were legal proceedings regarding two Australian women who claimed ongoing problems as a result of its use. The donor, Dr Richard Gutch, practiced in Clifton Hill and used some in the 1970s but not for long. The drawbacks were obvious, the multi-filament string acted as a wick for infection, the latex leaf often came away from the thread when pulled for removal. Curettage was often the only effective way to remove the IUD. Dr Gutch removed many as he developed a reputation for being skilled at their removal.

Pessary, Thomas

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Pessary, black vulcanite, Thomas retroflexion, small size.

Historical information

Tiemann & Co Surgical Instruments catalogue.1989. page 486.]

Pharmacopoeia

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Book, small cloth covered hard copy, "Melbourne Hospital Pharmacopoeia", ninety-one pages, [all intact], each alternate page is blank

Historical information

Owned and used by Dr Ronald McKenzie Rome in 1934 at Melbourne Hospital.

Syringe barrel, vaginal

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Vaginal syringe barrel with glass and cork plunger. Fluid capacity of syringe 60-90 mls.

Historical information

Part contents of Mrs Howlett's midwifery box.

Container, Lippes Loops intrauterine devices

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists,

Lippes Loop, intrauterine device, white plastic, double S-shape with yellow string attached to one end, size C. Also, Manufacturer's label "LIPPES LOOP" [28.2], inside lid of container, plastic [28.1] containing another size C Lippes Loop intrauterine device [28.4].

Historical information

This item came from Geoff Bishop's rooms at Mollison House, 386 Albert Street, East Melbourne. Disatrby Ethnor P/L Sydney, these bulk purchase packs pre-dated the individually sterile packaged products with disposable applicators.