Ear-tagging Instrument, Edendale Vet Club; Wallace, D.M.L.; 1950-2001; WY.0000.1...


Ear-tagging Instrument, Edendale Vet Club

About this object

This is an ear-tagging instrument which was used by the Edendale Vet Club for the purposes of tagging stock to enable identification of sex.

In the late 1940s, Bill Pierson Snr provided veterinary services for the Lower Mataura Valley. Based at Gore, Bill’s service area extended all the way to Oamaru, which meant he was often away when needed. Lower Mataura locals knew they needed better services, and so in 1951 they formed a Vet Club. Membership fees allowed for the salary of one vet, and a clinic. Over the years, the Club employed world class vets, including Brian Mason. By 2001, the Edendale Vet Club, and its satellite centre at Kennington, employed 11 vets and a staff of 30. In 2002, the Club was sold into private ownership. At this time, they had 500 members and 2000 clients. The Club continues to operate under private ownership, located on Sweeney Road in Edendale – the street having been named after the first vet the Club employed, Edward (Ted) Sweeney.


Wallace, D.M.L.

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Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, steel

Inscription and Marks

Engraved on top: 'MADE IN NZ


l 220 mm x w 75 mm x d 25 mm

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Subject and Association Keywords

Machinery and Tools

Object Type

occupation-based equipment

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