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 an 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 of the Public Records Act 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

https://prov.vic.gov.au/archive/CAB4C8DF-F4EE-11E9-AE98-B7F680C38D46?image=1

https://prov.vic.gov.au/archive/VPRS7422


COLLINGWOOD 1864-1873

https://prov.vic.gov.au/archive/CAB7AF11-F4EE-11E9-AE98-11C8C898CBDC?image=1

https://prov.vic.gov.au/archive/VPRS7721


CREMORNE, RICHMOND 1868-1884

https://prov.vic.gov.au/archive/CAC061A7-F4EE-11E9-AE98-0DCC3B34FC2A?image=1


KEW 1871-1919
ROYAL PARK 1907-1913

https://prov.vic.gov.au/archive/B8C80292-F4EE-11E9-AE98-19C5D628E6CE?image=1


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.

https://prov.vic.gov.au/archive/VPRS7490

 

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

https://prov.vic.gov.au/archive/CAC93B4D-F4EE-11E9-AE98-FFDF4D8DADE0?image=1

BALLARAT

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE OF VICTORIA - MENTAL HEALTH RECORDS

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


BALLARAT 1877-1907

https://prov.vic.gov.au/archive/CAC62E0B-F4EE-11E9-AE98-7F4176C0AFF2?image=1

https://prov.vic.gov.au/archive/VPRS7426

 

ARARAT

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE OF VICTORIA - MENTAL HEALTH RECORDS

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


ARARAT 1867-1906

https://prov.vic.gov.au/archive/CABA9543-F4EE-11E9-AE98-A52B8581B966?image=1

https://prov.vic.gov.au/archive/VPRS7427

 

BENDIGO

 

PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE OF VICTORIA - MENTAL HEALTH RECORDS

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


BENDIGO 1874-1908

https://prov.vic.gov.au/archive/VPRS7493

 

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 (VPRS 7446 P1)

https://prov.vic.gov.au/archive/CABD5465-F4EE-11E9-AE98-B97BEFDD863E?image=1

https://prov.vic.gov.au/archive/VPRS7396

 

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.

 

BUILDING RECORDS

See Building Records.

 

 

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