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

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”

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Magnetron, 25cm, (disassembled cylinder & lid)

Copper cylinder to which radial copper vanes are brazed defining twelve resonant cavities. Central cylindrical cavity contains white oxide coated cathode sandwiched between two stainless steel disks, one at each end. Three electrodes pass through glass-copper seals, the copper tubes are attached radially to the outside of the cylinder.

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MARCHANT V TR10FA

Keys: 10 x 10 x 20 Plaque: TR10FA 628,938 MODEL V TR10FA Made in USA by Marchant Calculators Inc. Oakland, California, USA

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Photograph, Optical Munitions, with E.H.S.Burhop

Part of a series entitled “Optical Munitions - School of Natural Philosophy, 1942-1945”. Black and white photo shows Eric Burhop operating an optical pyrometer ....with possibly a vacuum furnace?

Inscriptions & Markings

In ink on lower left hand corner : “22”.

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

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”.

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Photograph, Cyclotron accelerator

Black and white photo of cyclotron (nuclear physics accelerator).: Driver amplifier, Excitor amplifier & Mass spectrometer.

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 and left to right: “DRIVER AMPLIFIER”, “EXCITOR AMPLIFIER”, “MS 10 MASS SPECTROMETER”

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Photograph of main tank ,Pelletron Accelerator

The Pelletron is a high Voltage particle accelerator capable of producing 5Mev. The main tank contains the pelletron chain of metal pellets connected by insulating nylon links. The pellets are charged by induction and transported by a chain to the collecting dome. The tank is filled with sulfur hexafluoride a high voltage insulating gas

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Photograph, Cyclotron, Duplicate Set

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

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Photograph Optical Munitions : Director

Part of a series of optical munition snapshots 1940-1947. Refer to Cat No 134 for full details. Black and white photo of optical instrument “director”. Duplicate copy of Cat no 134; in OMP Album Vol 1 #14.

Inscriptions & Markings

In ink on lower left hand corner : “14”. Inscribed on back in pencil: “No. 14”

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Photograph, Cyclotron, Duplicate Set

Black and white photograph of cyclotron equipment stored in white envelope entitled “”Cyclotron Photographs (Duplicate set)

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Tube, Geiger counter

As for Cat. 58 demonstrating GM Tube prior to evaporation of cathode.

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Standard 100g Weight in box with lid

100 gram standard calibrated platinum cylindrical weight NPL No A’39 / 60549. Stored in varnished wooden cylindrical box with black lining and screw on lid. (certificate not located) 97.1 = box 97.2 = lid of box 97.3 = weight

Inscriptions & Markings

On weight: “100 GRM” Carved on base of box: “41142”. On top of box: “NPL.A.’39 / 60549”

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Laboratory Standard Condenser 0.3 µF Dubilier

Wooden cube with 8 metal screws visible on the upper and lower faces, securing sides together. The upper face of the cube is plastic. Metal apparatus, possibly brass, fixed to the upper face, All of the faces of the wooden cube, apart from the upper plastic face, have been sanded smooth and on all faces but the lower face, a finish has been applied.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on upper face: “DUBILIER/LABORATORY STANDARD/CONDENSER/No. 33105845/CAPACITY 0.3µF/PATENTED”; Handwritten on paint dot on upper face: “3”

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Engine, Micro-ruling engine, Wm Stone #2

Second micro-ruling engine (1934) erected on a wooden base. A simple steel cutter is in place over the glass slide on the ruling table.

Historical information

The advance mechanism on the large brass wheel does not seem to have been completed.

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Electrostatic Voltmeter

Key words

electrostatic voltmeter
abraham & villard
j carpentier
scientific instruments

Round metal instrument with voltmeter (hands missing) with twisting drum inside and a metal coupling device/mount.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved in front plate: 'VOLTMETRE / ELECTROSTATIQUE / ABRAHAM & VILLARD / J. CARPENTIER / PARIS / 4050 D2'

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S.C.M. HAMANN

S.C.M. HAMANN Mechanical Type 505 Ser. no. 501354 Donated by Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research keys: 9 x 8 x 16 ELECTRICAL!

Inscriptions & Markings

HANANN Rechenmaschinen GMBH Berlin SW61 (West G)

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HP35 handheld electronic calculator

One of the first scientific calculators.

Inscriptions & Markings

Dymo label BRG/15105

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Lens with box and lid

Round glass lens stored in rectangular cardboard box with lid and supported by cotton wool.

Inscriptions & Markings

On inside of box in pencil: “20/1/40 (?dictatomigialls of l/4). On top of box: “wray flat”.

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Photograph, Optical munitions & Prof. Laby

Black and white photograph of Professor Laby with optical munitions equipment. Glued on cardboard backing with red border: “Professor Laby Optical Munitions 1943”. Hand written on back of cardboard: “Professor Laby Optical Munitions 1943”. On back of cardboard stamp: “University of Melbourne School of Physics Archive”

Inscriptions & Markings

Typed label and under photo “

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Photograph of Analysing magnet 5Mev Pelletron

The Photograph is of the main 90 degree analysing magnet.

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Photograph, Optical Munitions, with E.J. Hartung

Part of a series entitled “Optical Munitions - School of Natural Philosophy, 1942-1945”. Black and white photo of Professor Hartung trmoving experimental pot of optical glass from furnace.

Inscriptions & Markings

In ink on lower left hand corner : “36”.

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Optical flat with box

Blank clear slide with cardboard box. Loose paper with slide “Plane parallel flat for adjustment of spectrometer”.

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Harmonic Analyser, The Stanley#3

Wooden box (28.1) containing the following (11 items + 2x21disks (sets A &B): 28.2: black enamelled harmonic analyser (main body,serial no. 37 28.3: plastic slide rule (40 inch) 28.4: Instruction manual 28.5: Long steel metal rule (92 cm) with handles 28.6: Wooden clipboard with paper 28.7: brush 28.8: fixed arm planimeter Serial No. 25498 - 4 components and box 28.9: fixed arm planimeter Serial No. 25499 - 4 components and box 28.10 Harmonic analyser black piece 28.11 Harmonic Analyser long metal attachment 28.12 Harmonic Analyser short metal attachment 28.13 - 28.55: 42 metal discs (not numbered individually) 28.56 Key to box (not numbered)

Inscriptions & Markings

Front right hand side of box in texta: “GW7446”; on inside lid of box: “GW7446”; On harmonic analyser in white: “No. 3 Harmonic Analyser Stanley London Serial No. 37. Made in England”; On clipboard (28.6): ?“P.Cholec Shade”; Stamped on brush (28.7): “Made in England Pure Bristle”; Label in planimeter box (28.8): “7/124/F/152/500 Fixed Arm Planimeter Serial No. 25498. 1 Rev = 100 sq. cms. Constant = 18.676”. Inscribed on planimeter (28.8): “Albrit 25498 Made in England” Label in planimeter box (28.9): “7/124/F/152/500 Fixed Arm Planimeter Serial No. 25499. 1 Rev = 100 sq. cms. Constant = 18.676”. Inscribed On planimeter (28.8): “Albrit 25499 Made in England” On discs 28.13-28.55: Half are “A” disk and half are “B”. All are inscribed.

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Resistance Bridge Gambree Bros & Co./ London

No. of pieces: 12 Mold, cut, screw, plated, polish. Accessories: 11 detachable screw knobs. Surface finish: varnish, electroplated.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on top face: “1 MEGOHM/ PATT.948 GAMBREE BROS & Co LTD LONDON. No 120” Chipped paint dot on top face in the front right corner.

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Photograph, Optical Munitions, with Notman

Part of a series entitled “Optical Munitions - School of Natural Philosophy, 1942-1945”. Black and white photo of Notman working on graphic art.

Inscriptions & Markings

In ink on lower left hand corner : “19”.

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Barometer Case

Key words

barometer case
wild-fuess

Wooden hinged barometer case with glass frontage made for Wild-Fuess Barometer (Reg. No. 1).

Historical information

Made for Wild-Fuess barometer (Reg No. 1)

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FACIT Electric/Electronic

14 Electronic digits appear on Screen

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Photograph, Cyclotron, Duplicate Set

Black and white photograph of cyclotron equipment stored in white envelope entitled “”Cyclotron - Photographs around the vacuum chamber from J.L. Rouse (Feb 1991)” Very similiar to 238 and 239

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ARCHIMEDES Model LL-K (electrical)

Keys: 10 x 11 x 20 ELECTRICAL!

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MERCEDES-EUKLID [Arithmometer] Model 22

Keys: 13 x 16

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