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Mortician's Instrument Box - Wood & Metal, Sunbury, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: SH 940997

Mortician's instrument box used in the morgue at the Sunbury Lunatic Asylum, later renamed Caloola Training Centre a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia. Box contains a selection of instruments used when conducting a post-mortem.
Hinged wooden box with lid fastened to base by two brass hinges. Some instruments are missing. Instruments include: short metal saw with a wooden handle; metal knife with black bone handle; metal scapel; metal hammer-like instrument; two small scapels; knife with metal handle; hinged instrument with sharp ends; metal instrument; three interlinked chains with three hooks. The box has a compartments for each instrument. It is lockable although the key is missing.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Caloola Training Centre, 1994
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 31.50 cm (Height), 6.00 cm (Width), 13.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: mental health, hospitals, mortuary equipment, dufree, dufree company, duffree co, duffree co 1930s, psychiatric hospitals, surgical apparatus instruments, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Medicine in Society Collection, Psychiatric Services Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Surgery
Tertiary Classification: equipment
Inscriptions: [Illegible- maker's name]
Place Used: Sunbury Mental Hospital (Asylum), Sunbury, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900

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