Model of a portable hospital tent used in Madras, India, 1890-1930

Made:
1850-1858 in India
maker:
Thomas Stack

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Madras dhooley, or portable hospital tent, 1/12 scale model, wooden, carried by two men, early 20th century

Known as a dhooley in Madras (now Chennai), south-east India, the portable hospital tent was carried by two or four men or pulled by horses. It is likely that full-size tents of this design would have been used by the British military when stationed in India.

Patients sat or were placed on stretchers inside and the journey would have been slow and uncomfortable. Made from canvas with wooden supports and carrying poles, a life-size dhooley would be twelve times larger.

Details

Category:
Nursing & Hospital Furnishings
Object Number:
A632097
Materials:
covering, canvas, painted white and structure, wood, painted black
type:
tent - portable building
taxonomy:
  • built environment - hierarchy name
  • single built work- hierarchy name
  • portable building
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Royal Army Medical College Museum