Series VPRS 7541
Discharge Warrants
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Date Range: Series By 1856 - 1925
  Series in Custody 1856 - 1925
  Contents 1856 - 1925
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1856 - 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 records are arranged in chronological order by date of discharge. Refer to the Records Description List to identify the unit or folder required.

    A patient's date of discharge may be located in the following series:
    VPRS 7416 General Register of Admissions and discharges;
    VPRS 7417 Registers of Patients;
    VPRS 7418 Discharge Registers; and
    VPRS 7421 Nominal Register.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of discharge warrants. Discharge warrants are the official documents which authorised the discharge of patients by the various ways described below.

    A patient could be discharged from an Asylum by the following means:

    by the request of the person who signed the original admission order, with the consent of the Chief Secretary.
    by certificate of a doctor while on trial leave.
    by order of the Chief Secretary
    the Inspector and Official Visitors could recommend a person's discharge to the Chief Secretary.
    by recommendation of the Asylum's Superintendent.
    by order of a Judge of the Supreme Court.

    Prior to 1867 the Governor was responsible for authorising the discharge of patients. From 1903 the Inspector General of the Insane was responsible.

    Some orders include medical certificates. This series includes orders for the removal of patients from one hospital to another and includes some correspondence relating to patients.

  • Recordkeeping System
    ;File numbers were apparent on warrants but the arrangement in the boxes was chronological by date of

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