Control Panel [Cell door locking]

Maker and role
Department of Corrections, Commissioned by
Production date
1968
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Object detail

Accession number
2019.135.1
Production period
Description
A centralised control panel for cell-door locking. A large vertically-oriented metal panel with a wide top which tapers inwards towards the bottom. It has a long metal bracket attachment containing lightbulbs which is connected at the back by a cable. The panel has two distinct sections: the top section has eight rows of circular black plastic switches, push buttons and metal key switches. The bottom section has four rows of small black switches, each with a single blue indicator bulb directly above.

This control panel worked in conjunction with the control board (2019.135.2). The lights on the control board would be lit up in red or green to indicate which doors were locked and what doors were open. On the control board, Sally Ports are written in red, and gates are written in blue text. Each numbered entrance/exit corresponds with the numbers on the control board.

In the top section, there are two switches for each Sally Port. Sally Ports are entrances which require two locked gates for security reasons. For example, for Sally Port No.2, there is a red indicator bulb above the first switch, labelled "GATE A", and the second bulb above the second switch is labelled "GATE B". There are also controls for single entrances. These have a single button or switch. For example, on the second row, there are two switches for Sally Port No.6, then a single button for Gate 11. There is one key switch on Row 5, Sally Port No. 27. On Row 7, Sally Ports No. 29 and No. 31 both have key switches. Row 8 has a key switch which reads "CONTROL CAB / EMERGENCY GATES", with a blue label which reads "LOADING". In the centre of this row is a large red bulb to the left and a red metallic button with concentric circles. Underneath this is written "EMERGENCY ALARM", with a set of holes for the alarm to sound through. To the right is a button that reads "BOILER HOUS[E] / 112".

Underneath this, in the bottom section, there are four rows of black switches with indicator bulbs above each one. The first row is numbered from 36 to 46, with "ACKNOWLEDGE" underneath bulbs 36 and 46. The switches correspond to the bulb above, with "RESET" under the first and last switch on the row. The second row is numbered 47 to 56, the third row is numbered 57 to 64, then the last number is 78. The fourth row is 79 to 83, 110-1, 112 and 113. At the bottom of the panel is printed "GATE AND BUILDING PERIMITER ALARMS" in black. Blue and red tape labels (made by label maker) are attached in various places on the board to provide additional location information. There is extensive wiring on the underside of the panel.

This item was made in New Zealand in 1968 specifically for the Auckland Prison (then Paremoremo Prison). This system was replaced in the 1980s by 2019.135.3.
Marks
GATE A / OPEN STOP CLOSE / GATE B / UNLOCK LOCK / SALLY PORT No.2 /GATE A / OPEN STOP CLOSE / GATE B / OPEN STOP CLOSE / SALLY PORT No.3 / GATE A / OPEN STOP CLOSE / 4 / GATE B / OPEN STOP CLOSE / SALLY PORT No.4 / GATE A / OPEN STOP CLOSE / GATE B / OPEN STOP CLOSE / SALLY PORT No.5 Impressed
HOSP RECPT CT YD Label
RECEPTION CT YARD Label
VISITS Label
CONTROL CAB / EMERGENCY GATES / EMERGENCY ALARM Impressed
LOADING / BOILER HOUS[E] / 112 Label
ACKNOWLEDGE / RESET Impressed
GATE AND BUILDING PERIMITER ALARMS Impressed
Credit Line
Department of Corrections. 1968. Control Panel [Cell door locking], 2019.135.1. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

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