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Fireguard - metal, circa 1930 Object Reg. No: SH 850552

Summary:
Metal fireguard used at a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa 1930. The fireguard prevented patients from burning themsleves on open fireplaces.
Description:
Fireguard is very solid with open-backed metal case which has vertical bars 6cm apart. It is oblong in shape with rounded corners and top sloping slightly up toward the back. There is a door in the middle of the front with a fitting for bolt and lock. Fireguard would be placed against the wall in which the fireplace was set. There are holes in back of framework that would be used to bolt fireguard to the wall. Fireguard is painted cream.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services, 1985
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 142.00 cm (Height), 42.00 cm (Width), 120.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: fire protection equipment, psychiatric hospitals, safety equipment
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: climate control
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1930

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