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The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum Parkville, VIC

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum at the University of Melbourne comprises a collection of items of historical and scientific interest, concentrating on scientific apparatus constructed by former professors and staff for research purposes. It includes equipment and photographs spanning the history of the School of Physics, which was established as the School of Natural Philosophy in the 1880's.

There are significant holdings of ruling engines and diffraction gratings developed by Grayson and Lyle as well as apparatus emerging from optical munitions research directed by Laby during the Second World War.

The Museum owes its creation to the dedication and forethought of Associate Professor Ed Muirhead, Chairman of the School of Physics from 1980 to 1986, who initiated the museum in the 1980s. The collection was catalogued with the aid of then curator, Ms Anna Fairclough, and the museum displays set up with a grant from the Ian Potter Foundation.

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum has had continuing outstanding support from the Cultural Collections Group and the Russell and Mab Grimwade Miegunyah Fund. In 2008 The Friends of the Physics Museum was initiated by colleagues and past students of Ed Muirhead.

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Level 2, The School of Physics, David Caro Building (192) Corner of Elgin and Swanston Streets The University of Melbourne Parkville Victoria 3010 (map)
phone
+61 03 8344 5076

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Opening Hours

Opening hours: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday Closed between Christmas and New Year and on public holidays. We are located in the Laby/Hercus lecture foyer The School of Physics is on the corner of Swanston and Elgin Streets

Entry Fee

FREE

Location

Level 2, The School of Physics, David Caro Building (192) Corner of Elgin and Swanston Streets The University of Melbourne Parkville VIC

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The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum at the University of Melbourne comprises a collection of items of historical and scientific interest, concentrating on scientific apparatus constructed by former professors and staff for research purposes. It includes equipment and photographs spanning the history of the School of Physics, which was established as the School of Natural Philosophy in the 1880's.

There are significant holdings of ruling engines and diffraction gratings developed by Grayson and Lyle as well as apparatus emerging from optical munitions research directed by Laby during the Second World War.

The Museum owes its creation to the dedication and forethought of Associate Professor Ed Muirhead, Chairman of the School of Physics from 1980 to 1986, who initiated the museum in the 1980s. The collection was catalogued with the aid of then curator, Ms Anna Fairclough, and the museum displays set up with a grant from the Ian Potter Foundation.

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Contex-30 Calculator

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Electronic Desktop Calculator

MONROE

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Elec. 10 keys Information sheet with machine

Photograph Multiple Beam Interference 0.008 in.

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white print of multiple beam interference fringes showing depth of etching

Dumpy Level (Part of)

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Historical information

Used for setting levels.

NO NAME! No 3. Mechanical Adder [?] & probably BURROUGHS see p 9 Bolton catalogue

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

8 digits

Fluxmeter Cambridge

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Body cast in mould. Possibly dipped in coating. Surface finish: Black coloured evenly applied coating.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on underside: “C402373” Dymo label on top face: “Physics/ PT2 222 D5”

Slide rule , Castell

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Plastic white rectangular Castell slide rule (271.1) stored in green lined rectangular case (271.2).

Inscriptions & Markings

On slide rule in green font: “Castell”

Photograph, Cyclotron accelerator

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white photo of cyclotron (nuclear physics accelerator): Internal beam deflector power supply.

Historical information

Builit in 1950s and used till the mid 1970s within the Physics Department used in Melbourne. John Rouse and David Caro was involved in the construction.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticky typed labels on back from left to right: “DEFLECTOR POWER SUPPLY” Handwritten in top left hand corner: “16”, “HV DC Supply for internal beam defection”

SUMLOCK Adding Machine

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Inscriptions & Markings

keys: 12 Plaque: ‘Supplied by Bell Punch A’sia Ltd / 160 Castlereagh St., Sydney / 27 Little Collins St., Melbourne / Agents and Services in all states / BPC / Cash Control Systems, Adding Machines, Ticket Registers, Charge Machines / Ticket Printers, Gum Tape, Scaling Machines etc. /’ good working condition

Photograph, Optical Munitions: Optical glass

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white photograph showing male hands preparing glass for fusing. Same photo as 144.

Inscriptions & Markings

On front of image in ink: “24” On back of image in pencil: “No. 24 Glass Preparation for fusing” On back of image in ink: “24”

Post Office Box (Eureka)

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Assembled, cast hand built, moulded, dove-tailed. Polished, coated, engraved burnished, stencil. Accessories: dials, labels, screws. Surface finish: coated, polished.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on upper face along back edge: “T.E.P.L. MELBOURNE [arrow] 298 1941” Inscribed on upper face along front edge: “EUREKA BRITISH STANDARD OHMS” Labels Inscribed on upper face: “POSTIVE POLE/LINE OR EARTH” “LINE AND/GALVANOMETER” “GALVANOMETER” “NEGATIVE POLE/AT 15.5oCENT”

Photograph, Cyclotron (JL Rouse)

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white photograph of cyclotron equipment displayed on bench. Stored in white envelope entitled “”Cyclotron - Photographs around the vacuum chamber from J.L. Rouse (Feb 1991)”

Photograph, Cyclotron accelerator

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white photo of cyclotron (nuclear physics accelerator): gas inlet system, focusing lens & filament stem & leads. Duplicate of 178.

Historical information

Builit in 1950s and used till the mid 1970s within the Physics Department used in Melbourne. John Rouse and David Caro was involved in the construction.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticky typed labels on back from top and left to right: “GAS INLET SYSTEM, 1st FOCUSSING LENS, FILAMENT STEM & LEADS”

Photograph, Cyclotron accelerator

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white photo of cyclotron (nuclear physics accelerator)Focusing lens generators. Duplicate of 202

Historical information

Builit in 1950s and used till the mid 1970s within the Physics Department used in Melbourne. John Rouse and David Caro was involved in the construction.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticky typed labels on back from top and left to right: “FOCUSSING LENS GENERATORS”

Polarimeter #2 part B

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Brass cylindrical optical element erected on wooden rectangular base.

Inscriptions & Markings

Scale round perimeter. Label on base: “Nat Phil No. Univ. of Melb”

Photograph, Optical Munitions, with V.D. Hopper

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Part of a series entitled “Optical Munitions - School of Natural Philosophy, 1942-1945”. Black and white photo of V.D. Hopper in experimental mode (with stop watch and potentiometer).

Inscriptions & Markings

In ink on lower left hand corner : “13”

Planimeter with case and key

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Planimeter consisting of brass disc and measuring instrument made of white disc and attached bar. To measure area up to about the size of one A4 page. The instrument is stored in a black hinged box with purple velvet lining and small metal catches. Instruments instructions are attached to a label on the inside of the case. A small key is attached to the case lid by string. (23.1 = box, 23.2 = brass disc, 23.3 = planimeter)

Inscriptions & Markings

On planimeter (23.3): “G.Coradi Zurich Switzerland No. 3509” On box (23.1): “Nat. Phil. Lab. No. 1199, Gebr Wichmann Berlin”

Tube, Geiger counter

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Glass Geiger counter ready for evacuation. For details see No 15.

Periscope, Optical munitions : part of prototype tank

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Metal engineering piece showing circular measuring dial. Other dials visible. Lens also included.

Photograph, Optical Munitions: J.B. Wllis & P.G. Law

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white photograph of two scientists (J.B. Willis and P.G. Law) at work on microscope

Inscriptions & Markings

On front of image in ink: “31A” On back of image in pencil: “31A J.B. Willis, P.G. Law ” (L to R) On back of image in ink: “31A”

Photograph, Cyclotron accelerator

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white photo of cyclotron (nuclear physics accelerator): 14kV stabiliser & RF power amplifier. Duplicate of 217

Historical information

Builit in 1950s and used till the mid 1970s within the Physics Department used in Melbourne. John Rouse and David Caro was involved in the construction.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticky typed labels on back from top to bottom: “14KV STABILIZER” Handwritten in pencil on top left hand corner: “2”

Photograph, Optical Munitions, with Optical Flat

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Part of a series entitled “Optical Munitions - School of Natural Philosophy, 1942-1945”. Black and white photo showing close up of glass optical flat in case. Photographed label reads: “Glass optical flat. Made by Natural Philosophy Laboratory. Melbourne University. Certificate Number 18. Accuracy of surface, flat within .000,001 (unmarked surface). Accuracy of surface, within .000,002 inch (marked) “use other side”. A photograh in Cd red light of the interference fringes of this flat when placed on a standard glass flat is shown above. Initials: [signature]. Tests made by: [VDH signature]. Certificate issued by T.H.L. Date: Feb 19th 1941.

Inscriptions & Markings

In ink on lower left hand corner : “17”.

Photograph, Optical Munitions,with PeterLaw & A.C. Godwin

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Part of a series entitled “Optical Munitions - School of Natural Philosophy, 1942-1945”. Black and white photo of “Peter Law (Left) & A.C. Goodwin (Right)”. Involved with optical flats in aluminising apparatus.

Inscriptions & Markings

In ink on lower left hand corner : “8”.

TRINKS - Triplex

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

A Brunsviga twin-system with keys 10x10x20 and 12x20.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque: TRINKS Double System / GRIMME NATALIS & Co / Braunschweig / AND Brunsviga Calculator Co. / London, Brunsviga House / Snow Hill EC1[London] / Manchester, WIlliam Brown Street / Glasgow, 20 West Campbell St.

MILLIONAIRE (#2) 10 keys

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Plaque: ‘Hans W Egli/Ingenieur / Fabrikation von flechenmashinen [sic; ?] / Pat. O, Steiger / Zurich II / No 2566. Sole Agents for Australia / Peacock Bros./ Business Systems Company / 558 , 560, 562 Collins St., Melbourne / and at / Sydney, Adelaide, Perth’ Plaque: ‘Presented to . / Department of Information Science / Melbourne University / by the / Gas & Fuel Corporation of Victoria / This calculating machine was used by Engineers of the Metropolitan Gas Co and Gas & Fuel Corporation / from 1917 to 1970’

Direct Current Galvanometer

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Cylindrical and galvanometer made of green-gray enameled metal on a round base.

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque on top of cylinder: 'DIRECT CURRENT GALVANOMETER / COIL RESISTANCE 20 OHMS / CRITICAL RESIST 120 OHMS / SENSITIVITY 200 m.m/μα / Instrument No. 1023 / J. L WILLIAM'

Galvanometer, William

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Rectangular galvanometer made of black enamelled metal. Made in Melbourne, Australia by JL William

Inscriptions & Markings

Plaque on front: “Direct Current Galvanometer Resistance 65 ohms, critical resistance 1100 ohms, sensitivity 1250mm/ma, Instrument No. 441.5.JL. William Melb. Aust.”

Photograph, Optical Munitions, with EJ Hartung (Duplicate)

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white photograph entitled “E.J. Harrung and an experimental pot of optical glass” Duplicate of no 157

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of image in ink: “36 Prof. Hartung” On front of image in ink: “36”

Hewlett Packard 9120A Calculator

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Scientific and programmeable calculator with paper roll printout

FELT & TARRANT COMPTOMETER

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Felt & Tarrant Mfg Co, Chicago, USA Note;’For history see extract from EM Horsburgh (editor) “Modern Instruments of Calculation” pp. 98-102. New introduction by Michael R Williams (1st 1914, 2nd 1984). TOMASH Publishers, Los Angeles, San Francisco.

DAVEY SAFETY LAMP

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Vertical Electromagnetic Tuning Fork

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Triangular, footed base with coiled, coated wire on adjustable stand between side of tuning fork. NOTE: HEAVY OBJECT

Inscriptions & Markings

Front of tuning fork base: '100 / V. D' Sticker on base: '1D4' Stamped on base of fork: 'GRIFFIN & TATLOCK / LONDON' Plaque on base: 'GRIFFIN & TATLOCK LTD / LONDON / GLASGOW / EDINBURGH / [griffin logo] / MANCHESTER / LIVERPOOL' Sticker on side of base: 'NAT. PHIL. LAB / NO / UNIV. OF MELB.'

Photograph, Cyclotron accelerator

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white photo of cyclotron (nuclear physics accelerator): R.F. power amplifier - tank coil & tuning capacitors. Duplicate of 190.

Historical information

Builit in 1950s and used till the mid 1970s within the Physics Department used in Melbourne. John Rouse and David Caro was involved in the construction.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticky typed labels on back from top and left to right: “VIEW INSIDE FINAL AMPLIFIER SHOWING TANK COIL & TUNING CAPACITORS” Handwritten in pen in bottom right hand corner: “RF Power Amplifier”

FACIT Mechanical Model C1-13

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Plaque: Made by Atvidaberg - FACIT / Sweden keys: 8 x 13 x 13

Photograph, Cyclotron accelerator

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white photo of cyclotron (nuclear physics accelerator): Main generator set.

Historical information

Builit in 1950s and used till the mid 1970s within the Physics Department used in Melbourne. John Rouse and David Caro was involved in the construction.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticky typed labels on back from top and left to right: “MAIN GENERATOR SET” Handwritten in pencil on top left hand corner: “11”

Photograph, Optical Munitions, with R.D. Hill & H.A. Waters

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Part of a series entitled “Optical Munitions - School of Natural Philosophy, 1942-1945”. Black and white photo of R.D. Hill and H.A. Waters assembing/operating dial sight (same equipment as held by T.H. Laby in no 122.3/273 in Vol. 1/2)

Inscriptions & Markings

In ink on lower left hand corner : “34”.

FACIT Electrical

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

keys: 13 x 8 x 13 Plaque: ‘School of pHysics [University of Melbourne]/

Photograph, Cyclotron (JL Rouse)

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white photograph of cyclotron equipment displayed on bench. Stored in white envelope entitled “”Cyclotron - Photographs around the vacuum chamber from J.L. Rouse (Feb 1991)”

FACIT Electric calculator CM 2-16

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Photograph, Cyclotron (JL Rouse)

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white photograph of cyclotron equipment displayed on bench. Stored in white envelope entitled “”Cyclotron - Photographs around the vacuum chamber from J.L. Rouse (Feb 1991)” Similiar to 246, 248-250

OLIVETTI Elettrosumma 20

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Electric Adding Machine Paper Tape Output Plaque: ivrea made in Italy fabrique en Italie v 120-220/ 2 40 Hz 50 From the Department of Statistice

Photograph, Cyclotron, Duplicate Set

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white photograph in white envelope entitled “”Cyclotron Photographs (Duplicate set)’

Photograph, Cyclotron accelerator

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white photo of cyclotron (nuclear physics accelerator): spectrometer magnet & target chamber.

Historical information

Builit in 1950s and used till the mid 1970s within the Physics Department used in Melbourne. John Rouse and David Caro was involved in the construction.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sticky typed labels on back from top and left to right: “180 SPECTROMETER MAGNET & TARGET CHAMBER”

FACIT

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

see #313

Rotary switch

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Brass Rotary switch with glass panel and bakelite housing. Made by H.W Sullivan Ltd London

Inscriptions & Markings

Made by H.W.Sullivan Ltd London Inscribed on base No. 5434 No. painted on base 5226

Electrical Tuning Fork 1000 Hz

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Assembled, hand built, moulded, cast. Polished, engraved. Surface finish: polished.

Inscriptions & Markings

Damaged label adhered to upper face: “PUR[illegible] BY/ UN[illegible]” Metal plate: “AUDIO OSCILLATOR/TYPE 813A SERIAL NO. 6. [the number 6 is inscribed into the surface]/ GENERAL RADIO CO./CAMBRIDGE, MASS. U.S.A./ OFF [2 arrows] ON”

HP9810A Electronic Calculator

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Programmable Electronic Calculator with Model 10 Mathematics and Peripheral control Plug ins

Photograph, Optical Munitions (Duplicate)

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white photograph entitled “G.A. Ampt and E.J. Hartung and experimental pots of opitcal glass” Duplicate of no. 158

Inscriptions & Markings

On back of image in ink: “37 L to R: G.A. Ampt and Prof. Hartung”, “1886-1953 see ADB Vol 7” On front of image in ink: “37”

Photograph, Optical Munitions: D. Huey

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white photograph Dick Huey at work assembling plate glass for making gla blocks. Same photo as 147

Inscriptions & Markings

On front of image in ink: “27” On back of image in pencil: “No 27” On back of image in ink: “27”

Photograph, Cyclotron (JL Rouse)

The Ed Muirhead Physics Museum, Parkville

Black and white photograph of cyclotron equipment displayed on bench. Stored in white envelope entitled “”Cyclotron - Photographs around the vacuum chamber from J.L. Rouse (Feb 1991)”