Anatomical model, human brain, papier-mache / plaster / paint, maker unknown, 1850-1894
This model shows the shape and surface detail of the human brain. It comes from a collection of anatomical teaching models transferred from Sydney Technical College to the museum in 1894. Made during the 1800s, these models are examples of the teaching aids available to students during these formative years of the practical sciences in Australia.
In 1878 the New South Wales State Government provided subsidies to provide scientific, technical and professional training and in 1883 a Board of Technical Education was appointed which established the Sydney Technical College. The museum shared a site with the college for many years, and there were close links between the two institutions.
Geoff Barker, March, 2007
New South Wales State Government Archives, http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/cguide/c4g/educ0016.htm, cited 17/11/2006.
Chen, Joseph C. T. M.D., Ph.D.; Amar, Arun P. M.D.; Levy, Michael L. M.D.; Apuzzo, Michael L. J. M.D., 'The Development of Anatomic Art and Sciences: The Ceroplastica Anatomic Models of La Specola', Neurosurgery. 45(4):883, October 1999
This anatomical model was made between 1850 and1894.