Series VPRS 7482
Nominal Register of Patients at Receiving Houses; Ballarat, Royal Park and Pleasant View
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Date Range: Series By 1930 - ? 1958
  Series in Custody 1930 - 1958
  Contents 1930 - 1958
Public Access: Part Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1930 - 1933 Lunacy Department (located in Chief Secretary's Department) VA 2864
1934 - 1944 Department of Mental Hygiene (located in Chief Secretary's Department VA 475) VA 2865
1944 - 1958 Mental Hygiene Branch, Department of Health I VA 2866
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1996 - cont Department of Human Services VA 3970
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    This series consists of the Nominal Register of Patients admitted to the Receiving Houses at Royal Park and Ballarat. The Nominal Registers were created and maintained in the central office of the Lunacy Branch (from 1934 the Department of Mental Hygiene) to record the names of all patients admitted.

    The volumes are arranged chronologically. The entries are arranged by the patients' surname and then chronologically by date of admission within the alphabetical listings. Details recorded are the name of patient, date of admission, and date of discharge/transfer/death, and if transferred elsewhere, place of transfer. Patients admitted to the Ballarat Receiving House are marked (B). Unit 3 also includes patients admitted to Pleasant View.

    Background: Receiving Houses

    Receiving Houses were used to provide temporary accommodation for those persons believed to be insane while further examinations to determine their sanity/insanity could be undertaken. If diagnosed as insane, patients were subsequently committed to a Hospital for the Insane. Initially the maximum period of time a patient could be held in a receiving house was 28 days. However that time limit was not strictly adhered to as many patients remained in a receiving house longer than 28 days.

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P0001 1930 - 1958 Part Open 3
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