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Observation Hole - Brass, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: SH 850017

Summary:
Brass observation hole which would have been installed on a door in order to observe patients at a mental health hospital in Ballarat, Ballarat Mental Hospital, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900.
Description:
Observation hole has been set in block of wood. Consists of a shallow brass funnel, fastened by 4 screws. On the back is a missing cover with the pin remaining. Wood block has recently been labelled.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ballarat Mental Hospital, Office of Psychiatric Services
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 11.00 cm (Height), 3.00 cm (Width), 11.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: building security, mental health, mental health institutions, psychiatric hospitals
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Institutions of the Past, Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Institutional Life
Tertiary Classification: building fittings
Inscriptions: Printed: BALLARAT MENTAL HOSPITAL. Handwritten: To Miss R. Banchevska Mental Health Research Inst.
Place & Date Used: Ballarat Mental Hospital, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
References: Oral history

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