Victorian Genealogy

Finding People and Places in Victoria, Australia.

 


Mental Asylum Records

 

Also see Hospital Records.
Also see Benevolent Asylum Records.

 

OVERVIEW


Prior to the 2000s people with serious mental illnesses or disabilities entered or were committed to institutions such as asylums, licensed houses or receiving houses; the patients may have included people with dementia. Most of these were run by the colonial or state government.

The criminally insane were held at J Ward of Ararat Lunatic Asylum from 1886 to 1991. This was previously Ararat Prison.

For the period 1840 to 1986 inquests were mandatory if a person died in a government institution such as a lunatic asylum/ mental hospital. After 1986 inquests were held when a person died in a assessment / treatment centres registered under Alcoholics and Drug Dependent Persons Act or mental health institutions. See Inquests and Coronial Records.


MELBOURNE AND SUBURBS

 

REGIONAL AREAS

 

GENERAL RECORDS

Patient records may be closed under Section 9 and they will not be released for 75 years after the creation of the records. An application under Freedom of Information may be made.

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE OF VICTORIA - MENTAL HEALTH RECORDS

The Public Record Office of Victoria has records from institutions such as mental asylums and receiving houses that have now closed. The records that have been digitized on their website are given below by region.

This is a finding aid for mental health records.

https://prov.vic.gov.au/explore-collection/explore-topic/health-and-welfare/mental-health-records-1849-1912

 

ANCESTRY - VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, ASYLUM RECORDS, 1853-1940

These include asylum records from the Public Record Office Victoria. They are searchable.

https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=61566


ANCESTRY - VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, LUNATIC ESTATES AND REGISTER, 1867-1906

This collection contains an inventory book of estates belonging to mental health patients as well as a register of patients in mental health facilities in Victoria, Australia.

https://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=60712


FINDMYPAST - VICTORIA, MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTIONS 1849-1919

This collection is comprised of both transcripts and images of the records from eleven different mental health institutions in Victoria, Australia. They are searchable.

https://search.findmypast.com.au/search-world-Records/victoria-mental-health-institutions


MELBOURNE AND SUBURBS


PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE OF VICTORIA - MENTAL HEALTH RECORDS

They have digitised the following mental asylum or receiving house records:

 

YARRA BEND, FAIRFIELD 1848-1912

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Item%20Details&entityId=2164556912

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewConsignment&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Consignment%20Details&entityId=7422&consignment=P0001


COLLINGWOOD 1864-1873

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Item%20Details&entityId=0164556921

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=3164556388


CREMORNE, RICHMOND 1868-1884

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Item%20Details&entityId=3164556958


KEW 1871-1919

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Item%20Details&entityId=1164556967

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Item%20Details&entityId=8164560328

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Item%20Details&entityId=6164560337

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Item%20Details&entityId=4164560346

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=1164560355

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=2164556725

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=0164556734

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=8164556743

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=5164556752

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=3164556761

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=1164556770

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=9164556789

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=7164556798

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=5164556805

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=3164556814


ROYAL PARK 1907-1913

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewConsignment&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Consignment%20Details&entityId=7423&consignment=P0001


SUNNYSIDE LICENSED HOUSE, CAMBERWELL 1905-1915

See St Helens Licensed House, Preston.


ST HELENS LICENSED HOUSE, PRESTON 1905-1915

These records include those for Sunnyside Licensed House, Camberwell.

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Item%20Details&entityId=6164556896

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Item%20Details&entityId=4164556903

 

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF VICTORIA - GENEALOGICAL INDEX OF NAMES

The Genealogical Society of Victoria has indexes and digitised mental hospital records online in its Genealogical Index of Names (GIN). Mental hospital records included:

https://www.gsv.org.au/article/our-collection

 

SUNBURY

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE OF VICTORIA - MENTAL HEALTH RECORDS

They have digitised the following mental asylum or receiving house records:


SUNBURY 1877-1920

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Item%20Details&entityId=7164556985

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=4164556333

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=0164556681

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=8164556690

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=6164556707

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=4164556716

 

BALLARAT

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE OF VICTORIA - MENTAL HEALTH RECORDS

They have digitised the following mental asylum or receiving house records:


BALLARAT 1877-1907

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Item%20Details&entityId=9164556976

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=6164556324

 

ARARAT

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE OF VICTORIA - MENTAL HEALTH RECORDS

They have digitised the following mental asylum or receiving house records:


ARARAT 1867-1906

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Item%20Details&entityId=8164556930

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=7164556360

 

BENDIGO

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE OF VICTORIA - MENTAL HEALTH RECORDS

They have digitised the following mental asylum or receiving house records:


BENDIGO 1874-1908

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewConsignment&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Consignment%20Details&entityId=7493&consignment=P0001

 

BEECHWORTH

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE OF VICTORIA - MENTAL HEALTH RECORDS

They have digitised the following mental asylum or receiving house records:

 

BEECHWORTH 1867-1912

Beechworth Asylum Alphabetical Lists of Patients 1867-1884

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&breadcrumbPath=Home/Access%20the%20Collection/Browse%20The%20Collection/Item%20Details&entityId=6164556949

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=5164556618

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=3164556627

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=1164556636

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=9164556645

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=6164556654

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=4164556663

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=2164556672

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=3164556574

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=1164556583

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=9164556592

http://access.prov.vic.gov.au/public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewItem&entityId=7164556609

 

NEWSPAPERS

Newspapers may include articles of news where the circumstances under which a person has been committed to a lunatic asylum/ mental hospital are recounted. See Newspapers, Magazines and Journals.

 

 

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