White cotton and flannel petticoat, circa 1910. Worn by female patients in a mental health hospital in Victoria, Australia. These petticoats were standard issue for women patients in Victorian Mental Hospitals until 1930.

Physical Description

Full-length petticoat. Top is of white cotton, opening down the back with 4 metal buttons. The skirt is bone-coloured flannel with broadly-spaced narrow blue stripes sewn onto the top. The opening continues down the back a further 17cm.


Example of clothing worn in psychciatric hospitals in Victoria Australia

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