Ambulance Litter

Ambulance Litter


This two-wheeled vehicle consists of a canvas covered stretcher mounted on semi-elliptical springs. The wheels have solid rubber tyres. Four props support the ambulance when stationary, and a metal tongue at the rear of the canopy carried a first aid bag. A step-down axle allowed ambulance bearers removing the stretcher with patient to step over the axle, rather than lifting the patient over the wheel.


Yellow undercarriage with red lining


Many times ambulance litters would be towed behind dog carts to the scene of an accident. The patient would then be pushed by two ambulance bearers to the hospital or doctor. This vehicle belonged to the QATB Toowoomba and dates from the first decade of the 20th century (Bolton Collection)



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