Name/TitleEquipment: Working model of Theatre Operating Table
About this objectThe model was made in 1888 as a prototype for the original theatre table. It was designed and made by Mr John Wood, Surgical Mechanic and Instrument Custodian and by Dr William Gardner, Honorary Consulting Surgeon.
The table is made to scale and the moving parts demonstrate the height adjustable components, with two side sections and a head/shoulder rest that can be manually adjusted. The table surface is bordered channel for draining fluids into a collection receptacle.
Place MadeAdelaide, Australia
Place NotesAdelaide Hospital
Medium and MaterialsWood with metal fixings
MeasurementsApproximately 60cm long
Subject and Association DescriptionPhotographs of the 'new' operating theatre illustrate the full-size operating table. Mr John Wood, Surgical Mechanic and Instrument Custodian, worked at the hospital for 38 years. His job consisted of two parts, one was as a theatre attendant and the other was making and maintaining the hospitals instruments. He also earned a small fee teaching medical students about the names and uses of surgical instruments. Refer AR#300
Dr William Gardner was one of the first Honorary Surgeons at RAH. He was a key figure in planning and developing a new operating theatre block. When the hospital board members attended the official opening of the theatre block, they gave him the honour of performing the first operation in the new theatre.