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People born in many parts of the world (United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, West Indies, South Africa, India, China etc), including sailors from ships in port, were admitted to hospitals in Queensland, Australia. Hospital admission registers contain superb biographical details, which, if supplied by the patient, are often more accurate than details on certificates. A hospital register is sometimes the only surviving source of information about ship of arrival.
For patients born before civil registration, the age, birthplace and parents' details may break down brick walls in your genealogy (especially if you research your ancestors' siblings).
The printed registers have space for these details:
Note the provision for ship of arrival, place of residence, marital status, and father's present residence (details that you will not find on a Queensland death certificate).
Only a small number of these superb registers have survived. Follow the links below to see descriptions of the contents of each series, and patients' names. NOTE: many people were in a hospital far from their home.
For historical context, read rules, costs and conditions for hospital patients.
Brisbane Hospital patients' names from my indexes to admission registers for part of 1887, 1901 and 1902, and patient charts for part of 1900. Some patients lived a long way from Brisbane (including Cairns, Charters Towers, Adavale, Tambo, Goondiwindi, Stanthorpe and Maryborough).
I have also indexed Brisbane Prison Hospital admission registers, and names will soon be on my Web site. Watch for an annoucement on What's New (opens in a new window).
Burketown Hospital patients' names from my index to the only surviving admission register (16 Dec 1909 - 29 Dec 1923).
Cooktown Hospital patients' names from my index to admission registers between 1884 and 1901 (with a few gaps). Cooktown was the port for North Queensland goldfields. Patients include many miners, sailors and people who had been in New Guinea or New Zealand. I also have access to a few registers between 1902 and 1915, some of which have a name index at the front (see details of my professional research service).
Croydon Hospital patients' names from my index to admission registers between 1888 and 1925 (with a few gaps). This includes the time of the local gold rush. In the early years, about 70% of hospital patients were born in Britain or Ireland, and about 15% in Australia's southern states, with significant numbers from mining areas, especially Victorian goldfields.
Ingham Hospital patients' names from my index to an admission register for Aug 1889 to May 1890.
Mackay Hospital records (much less informative than those described above) only list the patient's name, age, birthplace, religion, disease, admission and discharge dates, death date if applicable, and remarks. Mackay Library has indexed the records for part of 1891-1899 and 1902-1908. I have a copy of the index, and I can get copies of the original records (see details of my professional research service).
Muttaburra Hospital patients' names from my index to registers between 1887 and 1928 (with many gaps).
When a hospital building was demolished a few years ago, many old patient records were discovered. As far as I know, they are not available to the public.
I have indexed Roma Hospital admission registers for part of 1904-1905 and 1911, and names will soon be on my Web site. Watch for an annoucement on What's New (opens in a new window). Registers for part of 1914-1918 also exist, but they are not yet open to the public.
Toowoomba Hospital records that I previously mentioned here are no longer open to the public.
I have not seen any hospital admission registers for other towns, but you could try contacting the hospital plus local historical societies and genealogical groups. NOTE: Many people were in a hospital far from their home, so search all indexes mentioned above, plus indexes to hospital records for other States (especially Victoria), some of which are listed in Specialist Indexes in Australia: a genealogist's guide.
Rules and Regulations for Burketown Hospital (dated 1903 and still in use in 1911) include:
My other genealogy sites have additional advice and names.
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