Hand Drill - Metal, circa 1848 Object Reg. No: SH 850377

Hand Drill - Metal, Circa 1848. This drill was used for making holes in wooden posts for post and rail fences. Probably last used early this century, on one of the farms attached to a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia
Drill for hand-drilling of post and rail fence. It consists of a long, solid metal pipe, shaped at one end into a large brace (as in brace and bit), a long neck, flattened at the other end into a small circular piece, out of which protrudes, at right angles, a very short foot rest. Beyond this the pipe tapers to a point, which is hollowed out on one side. At the brace end is a wooden handle and there is a free-moving metal piping handle in the U of the brace.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services, 1985
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 85.50 cm (Height), 28.00 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: psychiatric hospitals, hospitals, building equipment, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Medicine in Society Collection, Psychiatric Services Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Farms & gardens in Victorian Mental Health Institutions
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Institutional Life
Tertiary Classification: building maintenance
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, 1848 or later
References: Oral history

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