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Kneeling Pad - Hemp, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: SH 850359

Hemp kneeling pad, circa 1900, used in a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia. Poosibly used by staff and patients whilst scrubbing floors. Reportedly made by prisoners at Pentridge.
Kneeling pad made of a coarse plaited fabric, (hemp), tufted on the top of the square mat section. Around practically 3 sides of this mat is a plaited panel which is rather more orangey in colour than the brown of the pad section. This panel is about 22 rows in depth, although it has now sagged quite a bit. The outer plait is extended and tied at the top to form a loop. The texture is very harsh.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 22.00 cm (Height), 21.00 cm (Width), 29.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: hospitals, psychiatric services, prisons, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Institutional Life
Tertiary Classification: cleaning
Place & Date Made: Pentridge Prison, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
References: Card

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