Series VPRS 7681
Discharge Registers
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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
    Some Discharge Registers included an index by patient name which provides a reference to the number of the page on which the patient's entry will be found. In some institutions the index was in the form of a separate book held inside the front cover of the Registers and consequently some indexes are no longer extant.

    Where there is no index, researchers need to know the date of discharge of the patient. This information was usually recorded in the Register of Patients and sometimes recorded in the Nominal Registers.

  • Function / Content
    Within twenty-four hours after the discharge, removal or escape of any patient the clerk of the asylum was to make and sign an entry to record this occurrence in the Discharge Register also known as the Register of Discharges, Removals and Deaths. This was required under the provisions of section 23 of the Lunacy Statute 1867. Subsequent legislation included similar provisions. An entry was also to be made in the Register of Patients and a written notice was to be sent to the Chief Secretary.

    The format of the Discharge Register was specified in the seventeenth schedule of the 1867 Act and in schedules to subsequent legislation. Details recorded included date of death, discharge or removal, date of last admission, number in Register of Patients, name at length, name of hospital to which patient removed (if applicable), condition on discharge, cause of death (if applicable) and age at death. The entries are arranged chronologically by date of discharge.

    Discharge Registers - Kew Asylum

    This series only records discharge details of patients admitted prior to 1966.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Series: Numerical (volumes being numbered 1-15).
    Volumes arranged chronologically by date of discharge. The volume number and date range stamped on the outside of most volumes.

    Contents: Chronological by date of discharge, there are two separate number sequences for male and female patients until 1966. From 1966 the female sequence is used for both males and females. Volumes 2 to 15 have an index at the front by patient name.

    Range of Control Symbols
    Series: 1-15

    Contents: 13.1.1872-22.6.1988, Males 1-14181, Females 1-12128, Both Male and Female 12

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- 1966 Register of Patient Admission and Discharge VPRS 7682
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1872 - 1988 Part Open 15
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