Model of a Morse telegraph set, to approximately half-scale, and consists of a key, a sounder, and an inking register (driven by clockwork), all mounted on a wooden baseboard.
In the 'Official Record of the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880-1881, Jury Reports, Jury Section XXIX, Class 63, Telegraphic Apparatus and Processes, p. 161, Electric Telegraph Instruments', there appears the entry:
'Myers, N., Melbourne. Model Morse Apparatus. This is a small working model of a complete table set of Morse's instruments, of the older style, fairly constructed. Fifth award.'
The 'Age' for 4 October, 1880, in reviewing the Victorian exhibits at the International Exhibition, mentions that, with others,
'… William Myers, 65 Little Lonsdale-street west, each show clocks of various sizes, which serve to indicate the several styles which are now made, and which are fairly creditable productions.'
The Sands & McDougall Directory for 1880 lists a William Myers at 65 Little Lonsdale-street west, but has no listing for an N. Myers anywhere in Melbourne.
It thus appears possible that this object is a model Morse telegraph system, made by William Myers, possibly a clockmaker, of 65 Little Lonsdale-street west, and exhibited at the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880-1881.
Half scale model of a Morse telegraph set
Donation from Miss A. Short, 19/03/1941
On one sideplate of the register is the inscription: 'W. Myers / Maker / Melbourne'. Pencilled label on base: '4874/54'
Type of item
532 mm (Length), 333 mm (Width), 240 mm (Height)
330 mm (Length), 540 mm (Width), 275 mm (Height)
Exhibition Collection Management
340 mm (Length), 530 mm (Width), 32 mm (Height)