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Mortician's Measure - Sunbury Lunatic Asylum, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: SH 932187

Summary:
Long thin wooden ruler, used in post-mortems to measure the dimensions of the body. Used in the morgue at Sunbury Lunatic Asylum, later renamed Caloola Training Centre. Possibly used 1840-1950.
Description:
Long thin wooden ruler. The wood is marked in feet and inches, and measures to seven feet tall. It was originally painted white, with black lettering, but much of the paint has worn off.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Caloola Training Centre, 1993
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 10 mm (Height), 43 mm (Width), 2170 mm (Length)

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Tagged with: measurement, mental health, mental health institutions, mortuary equipment, psychiatric hospitals, sunbury, making history - psych services, sunbury asylum map
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Science & Measurement Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Mortuary
Tertiary Classification: tools & equipment
Inscriptions: Markings in Roman numerals, I to VII. Each inch is marked with a black line.
Place & Date Used: Sunbury Mental Hospital (Asylum), Sunbury, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900

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