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Series VPRS 7418
Discharge Register
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Date Range: Series 1857 - 1925
  Series in Custody 1857 - 1925
  Contents 1857 - 1925
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1857 - 1925 Yarra Bend (Asylum 1848-1905; Hospital for the Insane 1905-1925) VA 2839
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2009 - cont Department of Health III VA 4921
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  • How to use the Records
    Some Discharge Registers included an index by patient name that provides a reference to the number of the page on which the patient's entry will be found. In some institutions the index was in the form of a separate book held inside the front cover of the Registers and consequently some indexes are no longer extant.

    Where there is no index, researchers need to know the date of discharge of the patient. This information was usually recorded in the Register of Patients and sometimes recorded in the Nominal Register.

  • Function / Content
    Within twenty-four hours after the discharge, removal or escape of any patient the clerk of the asylum was to make and sign an entry to record this occurrence in the Discharge Register also known as the Register of Discharges, Removals and Deaths. This was required under the provisions of section 23 of the Lunacy Statute 1867. Subsequent legislation included similar provisions. An entry was also to be made in the Register of Patients and a written notice was to be sent to the Chief Secretary.

    The format of the Discharge Register was specified in the seventeenth schedule of the 1867 Act and in schedules to subsequent legislation. Details recorded included date of death, discharge or removal, date of last admission, number in Register of Patients, name at length, name of hospital to which patient removed (if applicable), condition on discharge, cause of death (if applicable) and age at death. The entries are arranged chronologically by date of discharge.

    Discharge Register - Yarra Bend Asylum

    Details recorded include date of death, discharge or removal, date of admission, number in Register of Patients, name at length, name of hospital to which patient removed (if applicable), cause of death (if applicable). Volumes are arranged chronologically. The entries are arranged chronologically by date of discharge. Each volume has an index at the front by patient name.

    Folios (pages) 1 to 7 of Unit 5 contain details of discharges from Yarra Bend Receiving House for 1919 while folios 10 to 101 of the same unit contain discharge details for Asylum patients for the period 1921 to 1924. It is not known whether pre- or post-1919 Receiving House patient discharge details were recorded separately or within the volumes which cover Asylum discharge details.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Series: Chronological by date of discharge. The date range is stamped on the outside of the volume.

    Contents: Chronological by date of discharge there are two separate number sequence for male and female pa

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