Historical information

Keys played an important role at Ararat Mental Institution. They locked away patients, medications, offices, wards, workshops and utility areas.
Patients and staff would have been all too familiar with the sounds of doors being locked and unlocked.


The board is significant because it contains keys that can only be used at Aradale Mental Hospital.

Physical description

Timber board containing an assortment of over one hundred keys mounted keys belonging to Ararat Mental Hospital [Aradale].
Keys secured to board with small eyelet screws.
Keys and board are lacquered.
Comes with two timber stands for display purposes

Inscriptions & markings

No serial numbers, engravings or manufacturers details.