Series VPRS 7515
Registers of Voluntary Boarders in Hospitals for the Insane
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Date Range: Series 1915 - 1954
  Series in Custody 1915 - 1954
  Contents 1915 - 1954
Public Access: Part Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1915 - 1934 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 - 1954 Mental Hygiene Branch, Department of Health I VA 2866
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2009 - cont Department of Health III VA 4921
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    This series consists of Registers of Voluntary Boarders who were treated in various Hospitals for the Insane. The series was maintained in the central office of the Lunacy Department 1915-1934 Department of Mental Hygiene 1934-1944 and Mental Hygiene Branch Department of Health 1944-1954.

    Voluntary boarders were those patients who made and signed a request to be cared for as a patient in a Hospital for the Insane or a Licensed House. Voluntary boarders were not to be deemed a "lunatic" or a "lunatic patient" within the meaning of the Lunacy Acts. Voluntary boarders could be discharged on their own application. They usually agreed to a definite period of residence.

    Hospitals included in this series are:
    - Yarra Bend
    - Kew
    - Ararat
    - Beechworth
    - Sunbury
    - Ballarat
    - Royal Park
    - Mont Park
    - Janefield

    Volume 4 also records voluntary boarders at the Pleasant View and Merton Licensed Houses between 1952 and 1954.

    The register functioned as an annual return of voluntary boarders. The total is given at the end of each year. Long-term boarders are recorded in a number of volumes.

    Entries are arranged under the Hospital name and then chronological by date of admission. New patients are allocated a sequential number on admission and maintain that number for all further entries in the registers. Each year all patients already in residence are listed first (all mixed numbers) then all new admissions are listed continuing the number sequence.

    Details recorded include name, date of admission, period of residence, rate of maintenance, payment, any remarks and discharge date.

    SYSTEM OF ARRANGEMENT/CONTROL

    Series: Chronological
    Contents: By hospital name then chronological by date of admission. Volumes self-indexing by hospital name.

    RANGE OF CONTROL SYMBOLS

    Series: No control symbols apparent
    Contents: 23.12.1915 (Kew) - 7.8.1954 (Merton)

    LEGISLATION

    Lunacy Acts Amendment Act 1914 (No.2539)

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