• 85/1497 Crucibles (6), ceramic, used at Sydney Observatory workshop, maker unknown
  • 85/1498 Ladles (2), (metallurgists), iron, used at Sydney Observatory workshop, maker unknown, c 1950
  • 85/1499 Pit saw, steel blade, wooden handle, used at Sydney Observatory workshop, maker unknown, 1950-1960
  • 85/1500 Pitch-fork, (garden or hay), used at Sydney Observatory workshop, 1930-1950
  • Two rain gauge measuring cylinders.
    85/1913 Rain gauges (2), measuring cylinders, glass, made by Angelo Tornaghi, used at Sydney Observatory, New South Wales, Australia, 1861-1900
  • 85/1914 Sieve, cylindrical, copper, used at Sydney Observatory workshop, [Australia]
  • 85/1915 Funnel, conical, ceramic, size 6 (or 9), used at Sydney Observatory workshop, [1930-1950]
  • 85/1916 Mortar & pestle, ceramic, used at Sydney Observatory workshop, made in [England]
  • 85/1917 Cylinder, glass, graduated, used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1918 Cylinder, glass, graduated, stoppered, used at Sydney Observatory, Australia, 20th century
  • 85/1919 Measuring vessel, possibly rain gauge, glass with spout, used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1920 Tubing (2 pieces), chemical glassware, used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1921 Watch glasses (2), used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1922 Test tube, fused silica, used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1923 Tube, sealed glass, containing liquid, used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1924 Glass discharge tube, used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1925 Discharge tubes (3), glass, (containing powders), used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1926 Vessels (5), glass, handblown, used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1927 Filter flask, glass, used at Sydney Observatory, Crown, Australia
  • 85/1928 Boiling flasks (2), glass, used at Sydney Observatory
  • 85/1929 Funnel & filter chamber, porcelain/glass, used at Sydney Observatory, Buchner's, Japan/England
  • 85/1930 Roentgen tubes (2), X-ray, used at Sydney Observatory, Newton & Co, London, England


F. T. Wimble and Co. Ltd. Archive Collection





Records of F T Wimble and Co Ltd, Australian manufacturers of printing ink and distributors of printing machinery, based in Sydney from 1803 to 1994.

F.T. Wimble & Co was the manufacturer of the first printing ink produced in the southern hemisphere (Melbourne, 1868). In addition to printing ink manufacture, type founding and electrotyping, Wimble's were the Australian representatives of many overseas manufacturers of printing machinery and accessories. Frederick Thomas Wimble (1846-1936) emigrated to Australia in 1867. His family had been pioneers in the making of printing ink since 1768 and he began his business in Melbourne by importing inks to sell. Soon, however, he imported a printing ink plant and produced the first printing ink made in Australia. He transferred the head office to Sydney in 1877 and by the 1880s Wimble's was supplying all types of printers' needs. The archive includes company business records such as financial records, minute books, annual reports, and administrative papers. There are also catalogues, leaflets, photographs and newsletters.

Some material included in this collection may be subject to copyright.

By appointment - Powerhouse Museum Archives (95/223/1)

A printed guide to the full archive is available at the museum.


Archives; Business records; Catalogues; Certificates

F. T. Wimble & Co

Ink manufacture; Manufacturing industry; Printing

Coverage Spatial

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Coverage Temporal



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