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Straitjacket - Mayday Hills Hospital, Cream Canvas, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: SH 923186

Heavy cream canvas straitjacket worn by some female patients as a restraining device at a mental health hospital - Mayday Hills Hospital, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900. Alternative Name(s): Straightjacket
Well-worn and much-mended straitjacket made from heavy cream canvas; mended at different times with blue-striped canvas and red-striped canvas. Neckline has been padded with stockinet to minimise chafing. Pockets have been replaced and jacket has been patched, darned and re-darned. Jacket is fastened by six metal buckles on leather straps; sleeves end in deep pockets. Jacket has been subjected to immense pulling pressure at the shoulders.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mayday Hills Hospital, 1992
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 91.00 cm (Height), 49.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: building security, mental health, mental health institutions, psychiatric hospitals, making history - psych services
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Institutions of the Past, Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Confinement & seclusion in Victorian Mental Health Institutions
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Clinical
Tertiary Classification: restraints
Inscriptions: Inscribed with large letters on back: F2. (for Female Ward 2).
Manufacturer: Mayday Hills Hospital, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900
Place & Date Used: Mayday Hills Hospital, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia, circa 1900

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