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Pharmacy Counter & Shelves - Ararat Lunatic Asylum, circa 1880 Object Reg. No: SH 850004

Summary:
Pharmacy Counter and Shelves - Ararat Lunatic Asylum, circa 1880. Counter and shelves that were used to administer pharmaceuticals to patients at Ararat Lunatic Asylum a mental health hospital in Ararat Victoria Australia. Drugs that were dispensed were purgatives, emetics, blistering agents, leeches and more latterly sedatives such as chloral hydrate and paraldehyde.
Description:
Pharmacy consists of panelled cedar counter with desk at one end and cedar medicine shelves filling 2 walls of a small room. Left-hand end of counter fits flat against wall. Front and righthand end have round-topped skirtingboard and 14.5 x 34cm inset panels framed with beading. Countertop overhangs front and right end by 21cm, supported every 26cm by stepped buttresses. Corners rounded Side can be extended by closing a panelled half-door crowned by narrow counter. On top of counter at this end is sloping desk-top with leather covered lid and surrounded on 3 sides by panelled 52cm high partition, top half of which has a railing with slim, ornately turned poles. Under bench are shelves (originally with a row of drawers).
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Aradale Mental Hospital (Ararat Asylum)
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 236.00 cm (Height), 379.00 cm (Width), 382.00 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: mental health, mental health institutions, psychiatric hospitals, psychiatric services, pharmacy equipment, hospitals
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: building fittings
Inscriptions: Numbers and letter painted in white, one on each section of top shelving.
Date Made: 1867
Place & Date Used: Aradale Mental Hospital (Ararat Asylum), Ararat, Victoria, Australia, circa 1880
References: Stoller, Alan & Emmerson, Rona. History of Medicine Vol.3. No.1 1972.

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