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Psychiatric Institutions of the Past
Image: Straightjacket (pre-1940)
Source: Museum Victoria
Large asylums were established for the collective institutionalisation of the mentally ill in Europe in the 1700s. This included the notorious Bedlam in London, where conditions and treatment of patients were considered severe and brutal.
Psychiatric institutions were first established in Australia in the mid 1800s. Many patients were institutionalised for life. They experienced a variety of illnesses including post-natal depression, schizophrenia, epilepsy, bipolar disorder and dementia.
The 'asylums' were under-resourced, and conditions were crammed and spartan.
With the advent of psychotropic drug treatment and welfare cost-cutting, most large 'asylums' were closed down in the 1980s.
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An iron key used in a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia circa 1900.Images: 1
Well-worn and battered dessert spoon standard size with "Vict. Govt." stamped in a scroll on the handle. Collected from a Victorian psychiatric institution during the 1950s. Dates from ...Images: 5
A cast iron flat iron used in the laundry of a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia circa 1900.Images: 1
Ceramic apothecary jars used in the pharmacy of a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australi,a circa 1900. They contain the following: 464.1: no label; 464.2 Asafoetida Gum used as a ...Images: 2
Alternative Name(s): Cash Box Chief Secretary and Superintendent's cashbox from an early mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia circa 1900. The box contains two display cards whi ...From: London, United Kingdom Images: 1
Alternative Name(s): candle holder Candlestick holder used in a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia circa 1900Images: 1
Alternative Name(s): candle holder Candlestick holder used in a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia circa 1850Images: 1
Truncheon used for disciplining patients in a mental health hospital in Victoria Australia circa 1910.Images: 3
Pottery jug used in the kitchen or dining room of a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia, circa 1900Images: 1