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Stretcher - Canvas, circa 1916 Object Reg. No: SH 891487

Canvas stretcher, circa 1916. Made for use in World War I. It was used for many years at Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital when it was taken over by the army during and after World War I to treat soldiers with mental illness. The stretcher became a posession of the Office of Psychiatric Services as a result.
Simple wood and canvas stretcher. The canvas is cream-coloured, 183.5 cm long, ending with woven ends extending slightly beyond the wooden cross-members. On either side, it is secured into place beneath a flat wooden rod screwed onto the heavier lateral frame rods. The frame rod ends are shaped to form rounded, smooth handles, very worn. The cross-members are reinforced with metal plates, 6cm wide, painted pink.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Joan Harris - Office of Psychiatric Services, 1989
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 4.00 cm (Height), 63.00 cm (Width), 231.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: australians at war, first aid equipment, medical equipment, psychiatric hospitals, stretchers, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Transport Collection, Victorian Railways - Refreshment Services Branch
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Clinical
Tertiary Classification: equipment
Inscriptions: A metal plate attatched to the right side lateral frame rod reads: "MADE AND PRESENTED/ BY EMPLOYEES OF/ VICTORIAN RAILWAYS." TO the right, stamped in wood, reads "RED +" and "AUSTRALIA" (suggesting that it may have been used or intended for use outside Australia).
Maker: Victorian Railways (VR), circa 1916
Place & Date Used: Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital (Mental Asylum), Parkville, Victoria, Australia, circa 1916

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