Series VPRS 7516
Registers of Voluntary Boarders in Licensed Houses
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Date Range: Series 1914 - Circa 1951
  Series in Custody 1914 - 1951
  Contents 1914 - 1951
Public Access: Closed
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1914 - 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 - 1951 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 being treated in various Licensed Houses for psychiatric patients. The series was maintained in the central office of the Lunacy Department 1914-1933, Department of Mental Hygiene 1934-1944, and the Mental Hygiene Branch of the Health Department 1944-1951.

    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 deemed to be 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.

    Licensed Houses included in this series are:

    Mount Ida -1914-1933
    Glen Holme -1921
    Belmont -1922-1936
    Merton -1915-1951
    Sunnyside -1915-1920
    Pleasant View [St Helens] -1915-1951

    The Register of Voluntary Boarders for Merton and Pleasant View is continued in VPRS 7515, Unit 4.

    The register functioned as an annual return of voluntary boarders. Long-term boarders are included in the list each year. Entries are arranged under the name of the Licensed House 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 in sequence.

    Details recorded include name, date of admission, period of residence, discharge date.

    System of Arrangement/Control

    Series: No control symbols apparent
    Contents: 2.11.1914 (Mount Ida) - 31.12.1951 (Pleasant View)


    Legislation
    Lunacy Acts Amendment Act 1914.


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  • Recordkeeping System


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