Historical information

These capes were worn by student nurses. They were worn when going on duty, when going off duty, when called to see the Matron or senior nurse but never worn on duty. They were made of light woollen fabric so some nurses lined their capes for added warmth.

Significance

These capes were the only means of warmth for student nurses when in uniform. The strict rules of the uniform meant no other visuable clothing could be worn for warmth.

Physical description

This light blue woollen cape is wrist length, unlined, without a collar and worn by Alfred Hospital student nurses until 1992.

Inscriptions & markings

Ball & Welch Ltd Melbourne