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.

Significance

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 and glue. Keys and board are lacquered. Two brass screws at the top secure board to the wall.

Inscriptions & markings

No serial numbers, engravings or manufacturers details.