Vaccine Triturator - important part of smallpox history, c1930, made by Richardson Gears, Footscray. Used for grinding scabs and pulp (from vesicles on calf) with glycerine to make smallpox vaccine. Raw materials go into funnel at top, are grounded up between threaded screw and sides, and come out as a smooth emulsion at the bottom. Threaded rotor of triturator fitted closely in the heavy brass and white metal sleeve. grinding effect resulted from thread getting shallower and finer as pulp moved along. Used by Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) Limited, Parkville, Victoria

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Square wood base with black silver and brass verticle apparatus tilted to central rod support


Example of equipment used by CSL for vaccine production

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