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

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.

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A632097

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Glossary: model - representation

Use for a scaled representation of an object or structure, usually three-dimensional. The item is often idealised or modified to make it conceptually easier to understand.

Glossary: tent - portable building

Collapsible shelter of canvas, skin, plastic, or other flexible and water-repellent material stretched and sustained by poles, usually secured by ropes to pegs in the ground.