Sock; 1915 - 1919; 000/822

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Moruya and District Historical Society Museum

Name/Title

Sock

About this object

Originally one of a pair, the darning was done as a therapy for wounded soldiers. The sock was donated to the museum as part of the estate of Ilma Water.

Occupational therapy, the idea that working could be physically and psychologically beneficial for trauma patients, began during World War I as treatment for shellshocked and injured soldiers. Patients learned arts and crafts like basket weaving and painting and, if they were physically able, heavier skills like woodwork and welding.

For the war wounded, “lap crafts,” work that could be done while seated, were particularly useful, and embroidery, cross-stitching and other needlework coupled the convenience of a lap craft with the development of fine motor skills and coordination invaluable to men with limb injuries and the painful ticks and tremors of shell shock. Sewing was both physical therapy and a welcome distraction from their suffering. It didn’t require the use of heavy machinery or tools, nor even a workbench. Wounded men could stitch while sitting comfortably in bed.

Date Made

1915 - 1919

Medium and Materials

Grey wool with various coloured cotton threads

Subject and Association Keywords

World War 1

Subject and Association Keywords

Walter family

Subject and Association Keywords

Everything Home Made

Subject and Association Keywords

Physiotherapy

Subject and Association Keywords

Significant object

Credit Line

From the Walter Estate

Object number

000/822

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