Historical information

1905-1933.The bandage winding machine wound calico bandages for patient use. A sheet of calico was torn into strips of differing widths and a length of around 8 feet or 240 cm.
The bandage was wound around the handle shaft, by hand initially, to get purchase, then the handle was turned until the bandage was tightly wound. Bandages were reused after being washed, dried and rewound on the machine.


The bandage winding machine wound a bandage more tightly than could be achieved by hand, allowing more effective bandaging.

Physical description

An open wooden frame with six horizontal struts. At the top of the frame is a metal shaft and handle which winds and holds the bandage. The frame is on a wooden stand.

Inscriptions & markings

Under the wooden stand is written: Tutorial Dept. Alfred Hospital.