Hospital document up for sale

A REMARKABLE piece of New Norfolk history has turned up for sale on eBay with an equally remarkable price. A Melbourne seller is seeking  a starting bid of $99.99 for a printed invoice from the Hospital for the Insane, New Norfolk (now Willow Court).

Dated October 1864, the invoice for £7 10/- (about $16) appears to be for one month’s “medical treatment and maintenance” for a private patient named Leake. It was promptly paid by cheque a few days after being issued.

The item can be viewed here. Readers can decide for themselves whether the seller is “dreaming”. 

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