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University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry Melbourne, Victoria

We have a significant Chemistry Cultural Collection dating back to mid 19th century and is one of the more comprehensive academic chemistry collections world-wide. See http://museum.chemistry.unimelb.edu.au

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School of Chemistry University of Melbourne Melbourne VIC 3010
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The School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne has an extensive cultural heritage collection of over 300 items. These items are associated with the first century of teaching and research in Chemistry at the University, from the 1850s to the 1960s.

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The University of Melbourne's Chemistry Collection comprises more than 300 items, dating from the 1850s to the 1960s. These interpret the first century of teaching and research in chemistry at the University.

The collection includes bottles of chemicals, balances, glassware, burners, apparatus for measurement and investigation of gases, paper-based materials, photographic film, slides, catalogues and lecture notes. Many of the items are of historical significance due to their association with key figures in the history of chemistry and science at the University of Melbourne, in Australia, and internationally.

That we can study this collection today is due largely to the efforts of Dr Joan Radford, a member of the School of Chemistry from 1956 to 1980. She described and documented the objects, their uses and associations, and in 1980 organised for the collection to be placed on long-term loan with the Science Museum of Victoria, now part of Museum Victoria. After 27 years the Collection was returned to the University and has been in the care of the University of Melbourne Archives.

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403 items

403 items

Phials Of Elements

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Number of parts: 42. Phials of elements - an early supply

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University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Gas Tubes

Lamp Housing

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

f. Argand burner, with base and lamp housing

Set of Weights

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Historical information

Set of weights for larger, rough balance, from "Mildura" era.

File

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Glass Working

Electrical Resistance

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

g. Resistance Box, labelled 13.7 Keiser & Schmidt Berlin

Glass Washing Bottle

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Glass Washing Bottles: (a) Cloez, (b) Dresch's)

Acetyle Tetrachloride

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Glass bottle containing unknown liquid unknown hazard

Ferrous Sulphate

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Geological Specimens

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Set of geological specimens on microscopic slides stored in wooden box with hinged lid, at least 1913.

Marsh Gras

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Gas Tubes

Hoffman'S Apparatus

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Hoffman's Apparatus. Tube with tap used for volumetric analysis of NH3 and HCl

File

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Photography

Hydrogen Lamp

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

i. Doebereiner Hydrogen lamp. Gall Cat No 3947 and stand

Test Glasses

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Number of parts: 8. Test Glasses, 1 large (500) & 3(200), 4 squat, not catalogued.

File

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Electrochemistry

Sulphone Salts

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Sulphone salts with ethylene radicals. Masson's Edinburgh work, 1885.Bottles labelled:

Lamp Housing

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

metal housing with glass cover

Flask

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

a. condensing flask, used in Expt 167

Conductance Cell

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Historical information

An early Conductance cell.

Rough Balance

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Rough Balance (Scales)

Bomb

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

b. Old bomb

Glass Tube

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Glass tube one with cork stoppers at each end and glass section inside. Used to demonstrate spiral strain cracking

Streamline filter �

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Streamline filter, used for industrial processes, laboatory model.

German Tinder Sample

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

g. Sample of German Tinder

Leaflet

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Zeiss Microscopic Instructions

Insulating Shield

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Porcelain Insulating Shield, early make, has rested over a sooty burner

Vacuum Tube

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Crooke's Vacuum tube

Ammeter

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Ammeter -set in its wooden base by Cederholm, pre Masson

Length Standards

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

a. Length standards, used by Grayson in his grating work. Standardised 1916