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Registered Nurse red 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 red woollen cape is wrist length, unlined, with a collar and worn by Alfred Hospital Registered Nurses until 1993.
Size
Length: 60 cm Width: 220 cm
Object Registration
231.02
Keywords
alfred hospital nurse uniform cape
Historical information
These capes were worn by Registered Nurses and were worn when going on duty, when going off duty, when called to see the Matron or a senior nurse but never worn on duty. They were made of light woollen fabric so some nurses lined their capes for added warmth. When new uniform rules were introduced 1993, the capes were not part of the uniform code.
When Made
Ball & Welch Ltd Melbourne
Significance
These capes were the only means of warmth for nurses when in uniform. The strict rules of uniform meant no other visible clothing could be worn for warmth.
Inscriptions & Markings
Ball & Welch Ltd Melbourne
Last updated
3 Mar 2017 at 10:09AM