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Automata, Mechanical Hen, Symphonium Company, 1889

Title

Automata, Mechanical Hen, Symphonium Company, 1889

Description

One of five mechanical hens that operated within Coles Book Arcade in Bourke Street, Melbourne. Consisting of both a coin slot and an egg chute, the hens would cackle as they ‘laid’ an egg. The hen was purchased from the Symphonium Company in 1889. The hen was given to Herbert William Southgate Reeves when Cole's Book Arcade closed and is now in the collections of Museum Victoria.

Creator

Symphonium Company

Source

https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/items/403987

Publisher

Museums Victoria

Date

1889

Rights

Used under Creative Commons Licence - Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence

Files

ColesMechanicalHen1889.jpg

Citation

Symphonium Company, “Automata, Mechanical Hen, Symphonium Company, 1889,” Australian Living Peace Museum, accessed January 21, 2019, http://www.livingpeacemuseum.org.au/omeka/items/show/64.