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China Bowl - Lunatic Asylum Victoria, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: SH 850591

Bowl used ofr severing up meals in a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia circa 1900. Since insignia on bowl simply says "Lunatic Asylum, Victoria" this bowl may be from the first one at Yarra Bend or was standard issue for all asylums. The term 'lunatic asylum' was in official use until 1903. In 1900, Dr Paul Ward Farmer had a short stay in Kew Lunatic Asylum. He complained about 'having to see Lunatic Asylum in blue letters upon every cup and plate.' P.W. Farmer (Dr): Three Weeks in the Kew Lunatic Asylum. Melbourne, John J. Halligan, 1900.
Small white china bowl rounded at bottom, with high sides. One one side is printed: Lunatic Asylum Victoria, with blue insignia.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 9.00 cm (Height), 14.5 cm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: hospitals, mental health, mental health institutions, psychiatric services, patient eliza armstrong, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Institutions of the Past, Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Diet & Nutrition in Victorian Mental Health Institutions
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Institutional Life
Tertiary Classification: food & drink consumption
Inscriptions: Insignia & DIEU ET MON DROIT/IRONSTONE CHINA printed on base. LUNATIC ASYLUM/VICTORIA printed in blue on outside of bowl
Place & Date Used: Kew Mental Hospital (Asylum), Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
References: Brothers, Charles R.D., Early Victorian Psychiatry 1835-1905, Melbourne

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