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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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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

Ammonium Alum

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Nickel K Sulphate & Cobalt K Sulphate

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Compound

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Historical information

Compound-"Davey's Compound", prepared at MU, prob. early 1920's

Voltmeter

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Voltmeter, very old, pre 1900

Marsh Gras

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Gas Tubes

Diethylene Sulphide Methyl Sulphine Iodide

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

2. Diethylene sulphide methyl sulphine iodide, by separtion, etc

Flask

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

a. condensing flask, used in Expt 167

File

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Fluorescence

Thermometer

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Historical information

Thermostat thermometer, as used in industry. About1960 vintage.

Scale

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Galvanometer Scale with eyepiece, etc inside a box

Brass Tube

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Brass tube ffrom locomotive boiler,using bore water, on Richmond - Conclurry line

Vacuum Tube

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Crooke's Vacuum tube

Leaflet

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Leitz Micro Projector leaflet

Hand Spectrometer

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Hand Spectroscope, pre 1930, possibly type Gall Cat Nos 4601-4607 in wooden box

Metal Samples

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Metal samples from Port Pirie stored in a wooden box, pre 1942

Cylinders

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Two cylinders used in Lecture Demonstration (G&F No 184 with foot & neck.

Diffusion Equipment

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Demonstration Equipment for Diffusion through clay pipes. (Expt. 53)

Diffusion Apparatus

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Apparatus used in demonstrating Diffusion of Gases 19th Century

Test Glasses

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

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

Manual

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Quant Projector Manual

Rare Earthy Hydroxides Ce(Oh)4

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Chemical specimens. Extraction of rare earths - by J.S.Anderson see also CH 195

Helium

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

b. The Helium which was extracted from it. (In a discharge tube.) 'Original Helium presented by Sir Wm Ramsay' on label

Leaflets

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Leaflets, Instruction Books, etc. for some of the material in the collection.

Weston Cells

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Two Weston Cells, H.Tinsley & Co London

Demonstration Equipment

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

ii A 1930 copy of Gall. No 3792.

Brass Tube

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

From the same set of samples as 89a. From the iron boiler itself.

Induction Coil

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Induction Coil - used in lecture demonstrations

Vacuum Tube

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Croooke's Vacuum tube

Demonstration Apparatus

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Streamline filter �

University of Melbourne, School of Chemistry, Melbourne

Streamline filter, used for industrial processes, laboatory model.