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Nursery scales

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Physical description

Nursery scales consisting of a set of kitchen-style scales with a cane basket fixed to the weighing column. Scales are in a painted cream-coloured light metal. There is a flat base with a vertical circular face graduated in ounces from zero to 400, labelled in pounds from zero to 25 and a single black indicator. The painted cream cane basket has a flat ply base with sides sloping slightly from the vertical. This is rounded at both ends with a flat platform at top end. Printed on the centre of the dial in simple gothic script: "Capacity 25 lbs / John Chatillon & Sons / New York / USA / Nursery Scale / Not Legal for Use / in Trade". Printed on both sides of the scale body: "CHATILLON / NEW YORK, U.S.A.".

Statement of significance

The Springfield Collection comprises about 1550 artefacts from Springfield station, south of Goulburn. It includes colonial era costume, a bushranger medal, surveying instruments, a late-19th century landau, firearms and edged weapons, wool samples and Joseph Foveaux's pocket watch and bible. The objects are complemented by over 400 photographs. This diverse collection reflects the growth and economic success of the property, responses to changes in the wool market and the daily lives of the people who have lived on Springfield.

Springfield has grown from a 518-hectare land grant given to William Pitt Faithfull in 1828 to the current 3183 hectares with ownership remaining in the one family. William Pitt Faithfull established the Springfield Merino Stud in 1838 with ten rams selected from the Macarthur Camden Park stud. The stud evolved slowly over the years until the early 1950s when, under the management of Jim Maple-Brown, a scientific approach to wool-growing was adopted and the stud's name was changed to Fonthill to reflect this.

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