Babcock's Butterfat Test Bottles

Production date
1930s
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
A set of Babcock's milk testing bottles
Classification
CH classification RURAL INDUSTRY Dairy
CH classification SCIENCES Instruments General
CH classification SCIENCES Instruments Measuring test set
Production date
1930s
Media/Materials description
Glass
History and use
This set of Babcock's butterfat test bottles are part of a dairy inspector’s kit owned and used in Queensland by Frederick James Watson who was a Queensland government dairy inspector for the Agriculture and Stock Department (later known as Department of Primary Industries) on the Atherton Tablelands in the 1920s and 1930s. Watson was responsible for introducing pasteurisation to dairy production on the Atherton Tablelands.

Queensland became known as the ‘dairy state’ during the economic depression of the 1930s, with dairying being the most widespread agricultural activity in the state. Between 1936 and 1941 dairying was Queensland’s second most profitable export industry.
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Registration number
H49422

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