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Student nurse blue cape

From the Collection of Alfred Hospital Nurses League-Nursing Archives Old Monash Medical School Building, Ground Floor Alfred Hospital 55 Commercial Road melbourne Victoria

Description
This light blue woollen cape is wrist length, unlined, without a collar and worn by Alfred Hospital student nurses until 1992.
Size
Length: 60 cm Width: 220 cm
Object Registration
258.07
Keywords
alfred hospital. student nurse uniform cape.
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.
When Made
circa 1930's
Made By
Ball & Welch Ltd (Maker)
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.
Inscriptions & Markings
Ball & Welch Ltd Melbourne
Last updated
5 Nov 2019 at 9:14PM