Series VPRS 7421
Nominal Registers
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Date Range: Series ? 1883 - 1925
  Series in Custody 1883 - 1925
  Contents 1883 - 1925
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1883 - 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
    The Nominal Register can be used as means of establishing the date of admission of a patient and hence locating patient information in VPRS 7399 Case Books of Male Patients and VPRS 7400 Case Books of Female Patients.

    Researchers should select the volume that covers the period for which they believe the patient was institutionalised.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of the Nominal Registers of Patients at the Yarra Bend Asylum (from 1905 known as the Yarra Bend Hospital for the Insane). A Nominal Register was created periodically to record the names of all patients on the books of the Asylum at any particular time. All patients in residence (both in the past and present) and those out on trial leave were included.

    Each consecutive volume updates the previous one. Therefore any patient who resided at the asylum over fifteen or more years would have an entry in a number of volumes.

    Details recorded were:

    the name of patient,
    date of admission,
    date of discharge/transfer/death.

    Patients' Visitors Book

    Two loose pages from a Patients' Visitors Book were found within the pages of unit 5 when the series was transferred from the Charles Brothers Museum, Parkville. The remainder of that Patients' Visitors Book has not been recovered. The two pages remain within unit 5. Details recorded are date of visit, patient, visitor and visitor's address. The date range of the two pages is October 1907 to February 1912. Only patients with a surname commencing with the letter "B" are listed.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The volumes are arranged chronologically. The entries are arranged alphabetically by the patients' surname and then chronologically by date of admission within the alphabetical listings.

    The format of unit 4 is slightly different. It records a brief summary of the patient's personal details and mental state on admission rather than the date of discharge, transfer or death.

    RANGE OF CONTROL SYMBOLS:
    Volumes: No apparent control symbols.
    Entries: A - Z.

    LEGISLATION
    Lunacy Statute 1867. Act No.309
    Lunacy Act 1903. Ac

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P0001 1883 - 1925 Open 5
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