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Lawn bowl made by Henselite

The museum's plastics collection began in the 1930s with the acquisition of specimens of plastic raw materials and finished products. The collection was driven largely by Arthur de Ramon Penfold (1890-1980), a former industrial chemist, who worked as curator and later director of the museum from 1927 until 1955.

Between 26 and 28 of September 1934, Sydney Technical College's Chemical Society and the Sydney Technological Museum collaborated to develop what was advocated as the first Plastics …


Object No.


Object Statement

Lawn bowl, phenol formaldehyde resins, made by Henselite, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1930-1933

Physical Description

Lawn bowl, phenol formaldehyde resins, made by Henselite, made in Melbourne, Australia, 1930-1933.


Running around red dot, gold engraved letters "W.D.HENSELL STANDARD 200", engraved outside this ring "Henselite/REG". The former is repeated on the opposite end



113 mm


Credit Line

Gift of Hensell, W D, 1933

Acquisition Date

26 September 1933

Cite this Object


Lawn bowl made by Henselite 2023, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 31 March 2023, <>


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