Museum of the History of Science, UNSW

The collection consists primarily of scientific and technical instruments and related artefacts, the earliest dating from the early nineteenth century. Some of these items have a provenance relating them to prominent scientists or instrument makers of the past. A few are memorabilia associated with scientific work and events in NSW and beyond. The museum holds some photographs and documents relating to the teaching of chemistry at the Sydney Technical College in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Address: 
School of Chemistry, University of NSW, Barker Street, Kensington, NSW
Tel: 
0293855322
Hours: 
8am-6pm Mon-Fri foyer displays only; other by appointment
Admission: 
Free
Facilities: 
Wheelchair access
Collection: 
400 scientific objects; 150 scientific trade catalogues
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Items

Microscope

No. 1 Stand

Creator:
Engraved: Powell and Lealand, 4 Seymour Place, Euston Square, London
Description:
Victorian, Lacquered brass, excellent condition (substage mirror missing), with several accessories, 430mm high.
Date:
1847

Box sextant

Creator:
Engraved: Troughton and Simms, London
Description:
7cm diameter with leather case; excellent condition.
Date:
circa 1880

Daniell dew-point hygrometer

Description:
Complete with muslin sac, and ether bottle; 200mm high; external thermometer missing; otherwise excellent condition.
Date:
Early 19th century

Slide rule

Creator:
Signed W. Cary, 182 Strand, Jan. 1 1814
Description:
Slide rule for chemical equivalents; mahogany, with printed paper scales; 306 by 65 by 10mm; good condition.
Date:
1814

Chronometer

Marine Chronometer

Creator:
Engraved: A. Johannsen and Co., 149 Minories, London #7917
Description:
Ex Royal Australian Navy, two day movement, 190 by 183 by 185mm, with wooden three-piece case in excellent condition.
Date:
1917