Series VPRS 7686
Register of Voluntary Boarders
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Date Range: Series 1915 - 1966
  Series in Custody 1915 - 1966
  Contents 1915 - 1975
Public Access: Closed
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1915 - 1966 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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2015 - cont Department of Health and Human Services VA 5037
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    System of Arrangement/Control

    Series: Chronological by date of admission

    Contents: Chronological by date of admission

    Range of Control Symbols

    Series: Vol 1: no symbols apparent
    Vols 2-3: 9.4.57-17.1.62 to 17.1.62-1.1.66

    Contents: 23.2.1915 to 12.1.1966

    Under Division 13 the Lunacy Act of 1915, a person could be admitted to a hospital for the insane as a voluntary boarder upon making and signing a request form. Voluntary boarders could be detained in a hospital for the insane for three days after they applied in writing to be discharged.

    The Registers were used between 1915 and 1966, after which time admissions and discharges of voluntary boarders were recorded with all other admissions and discharges in the Register of Patient Admission and Discharge, VPRS 7682.

    Details recorded in the Register of Voluntary Boarders include:

    - the patient's name
    - dates of admission and discharge
    - age on admission
    - marital status
    - address
    - in some cases the form of mental disorder
    - period of residence which had been agreed upon
    - the name and address of the patient's closest relative.

    From 1953 onwards voluntary boarders were given an admission number prefixed by the letter "V". These numbers control the arrangement of warrants for the admission of patients to Kew, VPRS 7719.

    By obtaining a date of discharge/death from these registers patient files can also be located. These files are found in VPRS 7693, Patient Clinical Notes (for patients admitted between 1912 and 1953) and VPRS 7676, Patient Medical Files (for patients admitted between 1953 and 1988).

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1915 - 1966 Admission Warrants - Voluntary Boarders VPRS 7719
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- 1966 Register of Patient Admission and Discharge VPRS 7682
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P0001 1915 - Circa 1975 Closed 3
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