Series VPRS 7451
Trial Leave Register
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Date Range: Series 1872 - 1988
  Series in Custody 1872 - 1988
  Contents 1872 - 1988
Public Access: Part Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1872 - 1988 Kew (Asylum 1871-1905; Hospital for the Insane 1905-1934; Mental Hospital 1934-c.1970's; Mental/Psychiatric Hospital c.1970's-1988) VA 2840
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2009 - cont Department of Health III VA 4921
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  • How to use the Records
    Almost all units of the register include an index by name. In the body of the register, entries were listed in chronological order from the date the trial leave commenced.

  • Function / Content
    This series records details of male and female patients' trial leave. Most patients are allocated a trial leave number however the exact meaning or usage of this number is not clear. The numbers do not follow in a strict sequence.

    Details recorded include:

    * patient name,
    * date of admission,
    * period of leave allowed,
    * date returned to Asylum (or if discharged, under which particular section of the Lunacy Act the discharge was permitted)
    * the name of the person responsible for the patient whilst the patient was on trial leave.

    Patients entries are listed in chronological order from the date the trial leave commenced. Trial leave was allocated in six and twelve month periods. Groups of patients were allowed out on trial leave at the same time. Therefore you find a whole group of patients with the same time allocated, rather than different times for each individual patient. Leave was extended in some cases and these dates were recorded. Where further entries for trial leave for the patient are recorded reference is usually made to the next entry.

    This series is not complete. The volumes recording trial leave between 1928 and 1941 have not been recovered.

    This series has been transferred to the P.R.O. in two consignments. The P1 consignment was transferred from the Charles Brothers Museum, Parkville. The P2 consignment was transferred from Kew Mental Hospital. The first 2 volumes of the P2 consignment fill the date-range gap in the P1 consignment (1882-1901).

    From 1962 the dates of trial leave for voluntary patients and recommended patients were recorded in separate volumes. See item list for details.

    For the dates of trial leave of patients resident in the Willsmere Unit see VPRS 7687 Trial Leave Registers-Willsmere Unit.

    P1 Consignment

    Included in unit 2 is a list of patients who escaped during 1908 and a list of patients escaped and recaptured from 12th August 1901. Unit 3 also has a list of escaped and recaptured patients 1908-1916.

    There is an index by patient name at the front of units 1, 3, and 4.

    P2 Consignment

    All units except unit 5 have an index at the front.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Series: Chronological by date of commencement of trial leave.
    Contents: Chronological by date of commencement of trial leave.

    Range of Control Symbols

    Series: P2 Vols 1-3, 1882 - 1893 to 1941 - 1956; P2 Vols 6-9 stamped "V" or "R".

    Contents: February 1872 - June 1988. Units 1, 3 and 4 of the P1 consignment and all units except unit 5 of the P2 consignment have an index by patient name.

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- 1982 Trial Leave Registers - Willsmere Unit VPRS 7687
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1872 - 1928 Open 4
P0002 1882 - 1988 Part Open 9
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