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

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.
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)

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Tagged with: mental health, mental health institutions, psychiatric hospitals, psychiatric services, pharmacy equipment, hospitals, making history - psych services
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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