Series VPRS 7688
Record of Subjects sent to School of Anatomy, University of Melbourne
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Date Range: Series ? 1951 - 1983
  Series in Custody 1951 - 1983
  Contents 1951 - 1983
Public Access: Closed
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1951 - 1983 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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    Series: Chronological by date of notice
    Contents: Chronological by date of notice

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    Series: No control symbols apparent
    Contents: 7.6.1951 - 27.1.1983


    Under direction from the Chief Secretary, the Department of Mental Hygiene was permitted to supply the School of Medicine, Melbourne University, with not more than 12 bodies per annum to assist in the instruction of medical students in anatomy. A body of a dead patient could be supplied if:

    (a) it was suitable for anatomical dissection,
    (b) no relative or friend could be found who was willing to arrange for a burial of the deceased,
    (c) there was no objection by any relative,
    (d) There appeared to the Medical Superintendent no reason why any special report should be made to the Coroner requiring a post-mortem examination.

    The Director of Mental Hygiene was to be notified in writing in each case of the intention to send a body to the School of Medicine.

    This series was used to record that notification. A proforma, in which the name of the deceased was written, was removed from these volumes and sent to the Inspector of Anatomy, Chief Secretary's Office. A receipt which remained in the volume noted the following:

    name
    age
    sex
    religious denomination
    last place of abode
    place of death
    date of death
    cause of death.

    Copies of memoranda relating to this procedure are placed within unit one. These volumes may once have been part of a larger series, however they are the only records recovered to date.

    The two volumes appear to have been used concurrently.

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