Windback Wednesday - Weights and Measures

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, one of the responsibilities of Council was to check up on local businesses. Council inspectors would visit local shops to check that owners were following regulations. Using scales and weights, similar to those in the picture, they would test the shop’s scales to ensure that customers were not being short changed. The scales and weights in the picture are believed to have been used by the Burnside District Council inspectors. They are displayed as part of the Burnside Treasures collection in the Local History Room in Burnside Library.

Picture: Burnside Local History Collection

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