Thursday, December 10, 2015

Victorian Asylum Records online

Did your ancestor spend time in an asylum in Victoria?  You may be able to access some of their records through Find My Past.
This record set includes eleven institutions, covering admission years from 1811-1919, and discharge dates from 1838-1914. While the information included varies, each transcript will include:
  • Full name – note that some names may be truncated in the records (e.g. Elzbth for Elizabeth).
  • Age
  • Date of admission
  • Date of discharge/transfer
  • Method of discharge
  • Hospital
My great great grandfather John Clark was admitted to Kew in May 1894 at the age of 59 suffering from dementia.  He was admitted on the authority of his son James after assessment by 2 doctors, and his admission record (below) notes him to be in feeble bodily health.  James died in Kew barely a month after his admission.
Kew Lunatic Asylum admission register for John Clark

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