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Time Clock - Cox Walkers Ltd, circa 1898 Object Reg. No: SH 923100

A time clock is a mechanical device used to track the amount of time an employee has worked. This clock was manufactured by Cox Walkers Limited, with electrical engineering work by Lawrence and Hanson of Sydney and Melbourne, circa 1898. It was located in the Superintendent's Office at Mayday Hills Hospital, Beechworth, Victoria. The Head Attendant would change the roll of paper and hand the marked roll to the Superintendent who checked that all attendants had punched the bell to mark their rounds at the appropriate times.
Clock consists of a round clock face mounted on a metal frame at the back of which is a bell. Numbered wheel at side attaches to a long copper cylinder. A row of brushes is suspended above cylinder. Time clock is housed in a varn- ished wood box with a glass front and a piece of galvanized iron over the top. A winder with a wooden knob lies inside the box. Box lifts off base to access clock.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mayday Hills Hospital
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 32.70 cm (Height), 36.20 cm (Width), 104.80 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: clocks, mental health, mental health institutions, psychiatric hospitals, workforce management, making history - psych services, horology
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Science & Measurement Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Administration
Tertiary Classification: equipment
Inscriptions: Painted around edge of clock face: [Roman numerals 1-12 and min- ute marks]. Inscribed: COX WALKERS LTD... [Extensive text].
Manufacturer: Cox Walkers Limited, Darlington, Durham, England, Great Britain, 1898
Manufacturer: Lawrence & Hanson, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1898 or later
Place & Date Used: Mayday Hills Hospital, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920


Greg Drummond Posted on 15 Jun 2010 1:41 PM
Hi There, I was asked 4 years ago to investigate an historical device found in the Ararat J Ward Museum in Ararat on behalf of the L&H Group and by the Friends of J Ward volunteers as the only ID on the unit was the Lawrence & Hanson Brass plate. The unit there is incomplete as I summised a clock mechanaism was missing and I have been searching many sites and sending discs of photo's out to various locations. By pure coincidence, today I have searched thru google to find your site and an identical unit. Could you please contact me as I would like to arrange to see this complete unit and if possible discuss a little more about its operational process. You can visit the blog site with this unit on the following link. http://mysteryitem-whatisit.blogspot.com/

Regards Greg
Discovery Centre Posted on 16 Jun 2010 1:15 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Greg - A happy coincidence! We've passed your enquiry on to a Museum Curator. We will contact you personally with any additional information we can provide.
vikrantsingh Posted on 12 Aug 2014 3:27 AM
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vikrantsingh Posted on 12 Aug 2014 3:28 AM
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