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Hacksaw - Handmade by Patient, Ararat Mental Hospital, circa 1867 Reg. No: SH 850013
- A hacksaw made by a patient from the J ward of Ararat Mental Hospital, circa 1867. It was handmade in the engineer's shop.
- Hacksaw made of carved wood in the shape of a chopped-off letter A, held together at the top by twisted wire.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Aradale Mental Hospital (Ararat Asylum)
|Dimensions:||19.00 cm (Height), 27.00 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||carpentry, mental health, mental health institutions, psychiatric hospitals, -1, 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 - Occupational Therapy|
|Place & Date Made:||Aradale Mental Hospital (Ararat Asylum), Ararat, Victoria, Australia, circa 1890
This item was previously listed as being made in 1867, the year the Ararat Mental Asylum opened, but an assessment of the design, construction and condition of the object suggests this is much to early. It probably dates from the last decade of the 19th century at the earliest.
|Place & Date Used:||Aradale Mental Hospital (Ararat Asylum), Ararat, Victoria, Australia, circa 1890-1960s
Actual period of use unknown. J Ward of the Aradale Mental Hospital (formerly the Ararat Asylum) opened in 1886 and was formally closed in 1988-89. The object was acquired by the Museum in 1985 and had probably been out of use for some decades.
|References:||card; oral history.|