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Wheelchair - Wooden, Three-Wheeled, circa 1920 Object Reg. No: SH 850061

Summary:
Wheelchair used at Mont Park Hospital for the Insane circa 1920.
Description:
Wheelchair is a fairly broad, upright wooden armchair with 2 wheels between legs and a 3rd behind. Running between legs on each side are 2 convex-bowed wooden struts. At widest point a short axle runs between them, supporting a 32cm diameter, wire-spoked wheel with narrow, hard rubber rim. Metal pipe running down back of chair is attached to backward curving metal fork which supports axle of 3rd wheel. Pipe swivels, allowing wheel to turn sideways. Metal pipe-handle with flattened, angled ends runs across back of chair at top. Broad, flat, wooden footrest is hinged to strut between bottom of 2 front legs. Footrest supported on each side by a brass chain.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mont Park Mental Hospital (Asylum)
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 89.00 cm (Height), 106.00 cm (Width), 61.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: disabilities, mental health, mental health institutions, psychiatric 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 - Clinical
Tertiary Classification: mobility aids
Inscriptions: Text: MENTAL HOSPITAL/MONT PARK.
Place & Date Used: Mont Park Mental Hospital (Asylum), Bundoora, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920
References: card with exhibit.

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