Series VPRS 7689
Medical Journals
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Date Range: Series 1893 - 1937
  Series in Custody 1893 - 1937
  Contents 1893 - 1937
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
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1893 - 1937 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
    The Medical Journals are arranged chronologically by date of report. Refer to the Records Description List to identify the unit required.

  • Function / Content
    Each asylum was required to maintain a Medical Journal under section 21 of the Lunacy Statute 1867. Every week the Superintendent of the Asylum was to enter, or cause to be entered in the Medical Journal, a statement showing the date of such statement, the number of patients of each sex then in asylum, the name of every patient placed in seclusion or under restraint since the last entry, the reasons, length of time and means of such seclusion/restraint and also the name of any patient under medical treatment, and for what (if any) bodily disorder, the condition of the asylum, and every death, injury and "violence" to patients since last entry.

    After the 4th October 1902 details relating to the seclusion and/or restraint of patients are no longer recorded and reference is made to a 'Restraint and Seclusion Book'. These Restraint and Seclusion Books were not extant at the time of transfer of this series. (The significance of the date and number in register reference given after 4 October 1902 is unknown.)

    Legislation:
    Lunacy Statute 1867, Act No.309
    Lunacy Act 1903, Act No.1873

  • Recordkeeping System
    Series: Volumes were arranged in chronological order by date of report. The date range of each volume is noted on the spine of the volume.
    Contents: Chronological by date of report.

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P0001 1893 - 1937 Open 8
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