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Field Cultivator - Hand held, circa 1920 Object Reg. No: SH 850361

Hand held field cultivator (possibly handmade) used at a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia circa 1920.
Possibly a handmade machine, of metal and wood, to break up the soil before planting was done. Two metal bands are wrapped aroung two round wooden blocks, which rotate as the machine is pushed or pulled along. There are fourteen flat, curved metal blades which protrude from the metal bands, tearing the soil as the machine moves along. There is a long curved wooden shaft with a wooden cross- bar handle.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 21.50 cm (Height), 16.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: agricultural equipment, gardening equipment, psychiatric hospitals, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Farms & gardens in Victorian Mental Health Institutions
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Institutional Life
Tertiary Classification: gardening
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1920
References: Oral history, Dr E.C. Dax, 4 May 1992.

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