This model of a partly dissected tongue, mandible and teeth was used for teaching purposes at Sydney Technical College in the late 1800s. It reveals details of the tongue's anatomy, each labelled with a number, suggesting that a list of named parts was available to the students. Anatomical models are still used for teaching today, even as virtual reality allows students to fly through organs, wield a virtual scalpel or see an operation in 3D from the surgeon's point of view.
This object comes from a collection of anatomical teaching models transferred from the Sydney Technical College in 1894. In 1878 the New South Wales State Government provided subsides to provide scientific, technical and professional training and in 1883 a Board of Technical Education was appointed which established the Sydney Technical College.
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.
New South Wales State Government Archives, http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/cguide/c4g/educ0016.htm, cited 17/11/2006.
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