Alternative Name(S): Football, Hand Ball, Handball

Ball - colth, circa 1880. Found under floorboards of one of the oldest buildings (1880s) at Caloola Training Centre, Sunbury, a psychiatric hospital in Victoria Australia. May have been used either as a handball or a football.

Physical Description

Handmade ball has flattened base. Brown cloth covering has worn away on top and sides and continues to unravel. Second layer of brown and pink-brown fibres also unravelling. Third layer of black compacted fibre visible on top of ball. Outer cloth sewn together around middle of ball.


Example of recreation activities at psychiatric hospital in Victoria Australia

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