Skip to main content

Please be advised: this website contains the names, images and voices of people who are now deceased.

Collections WA has a responsibility to preserve and make accessible the history and culture of Western Australia in all its various forms. The intention of Collections WA is to support research, and to reveal actions of the past that have impacted upon communities, families, and individuals.

In doing so, Collections WA acknowledges the need to respond sensitively and appropriately in cases when accessing this material may be confronting to Aboriginal visitors and clients.

Please also note: Some historical materials within this portal may include language or opinions that today are considered inappropriate or even offensive. Collections WA does not endorse this language and apologises for any distress caused.

Continue showing cultural advice
Stop showing cultural advice
CWA Logo Collections WA brings together collections from libraries, galleries, museums, archives, historical societies, cultural organisations, community groups and other collecting organisations across Western Australia.


c. 1960

Two cream chamois leather and pink plastic dolls used for teaching purposes. The pink plastic heads have features (mouth, nose, eye sockets and recessed diamond shape on fontanelle) identifiable by palpation. Student doctors and midwives could feel the baby’s head within an artificial pelvis to identify the type of presentation. The plastic head of doll (a) has faded black marks around the lips, nose, cheek, ear and top of head. The heads are weighted to represent a real baby's head.

Historical information

The dolls are labelled 'Watson 65' / 16. WA School of Nursing'.



Registration number
Item type
160 mm
Height or length
430 mm
100 mm
c. 1960
Statement of significance

Rare obstetric models of babies made from chamois leather and plastic, used for teaching purposes. These dolls are scarce due to their continuous use as teaching aids. The condition is fair / good considering their age and handling.

Primary significance criteria
Historic significance
Scientific or research significance
Comparative significance criteria
Interpretive capacity
Rare or representative
Well provenanced
Royal Perth Hospital Museum

Royal Perth Hospital Museum

Organisation Details
View Collection
Item Feedback

Scan this QR code to open this page on your phone ->

Full size unavailable (you're already seeing this image in its highest resolution available on Collections WA)