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Qld Supreme Court insanity files 1885-1901

Does your family history have someone who 'vanished'? If you cannot find a death certificate or if children were raised by someone other than a parent, check mental asylum records. Reasons for admission included epilepsy, head injury, alcoholism, birth defects and depression (especially post-natal depression). Many patients (adults and children) spent only a few days in an asylum, and descendants would be unaware of that.

I have started indexing Queensland Supreme Court insanity files 1885-1901 for patients and former patients of Qld mental asylums. Some files are just applications from former patients for a refund of money held in trust, but others are more useful for genealogy and family history. Examples: Some files refer to deceased estates where a beneficiary was in an asylum. One file refers to a patient being sent to relatives in England. Another contains a patient's marriage certificate, birth certificates of his three children, and an affidavit from his wife who had remarried.

In some cases there may be a file in this series even if the patient's Public Curator insanity file was destroyed.

Other sources

To research mental asylum patients, use all available sources, including:

For more information about those sources, and many others, see my mini-guide 'Researching Queensland Mental Asylum Patients'.

Explanation of names below:

  • Indexing is still in progress. Click the 'receive email' bar (above) to be notified when more names are added.
  • Date range: 1885 - 1901.
  • Scroll through the list. Names may have been spelled incorrectly in the records.
  • Names beginning with 'Mc' precede other 'M' surnames.
  • Apostrophes have been removed from names such as O'CONNOR.
  • For names below, I can supply copies of original records (this link leads to instructions).
List of names

AH HOP
ALFORD Edwin
ALFREDS Edward
ASCH Gustav
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BEATTIE Robert Wright
BLESSING Michael
BULLOCK Julia
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COCHRAN John Augustus (large file)
COFFEY John
CONNORS Thomas
CRONESBURY Francis
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DEMPSEY James (large file)
DILLON John
DUNCAN John Patterson
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EKIE Jimmy (Polynesian)
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FERMANN George (file includes 4 certificates)
FINGER Conrad
FLYNN John
FRANKS Lewis
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GALLAGHER Margaret
GALSWORTHY George
GOULBURN Thomas
GRIFFEN Dennis
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HAMPSON Alfred
HANSEN Olives
HAYES Bridget
HORAN Edward
HYDE William
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KENNEDY Peter
KOERNER Ernest
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LANE Mary
LARDNER John
LYNCH Thomas
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McFARLANE Catherine
McGREGOR James
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MASON John
MENTAL Carl
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NEALE Thomas
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OCONNOR William
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PEARCE Henry Edward
PEARCE Patrick
PHILLIPS Howard
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QUINN David
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RICE John
RODD Hubert F
RONALD Mary Louisa (see RONALD Matilda Louisa)
RONALD Matilda Louisa (or Mary Louisa) (large file)
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SAITER Gebran
SCOTT Thomas H
SMITH Samuel
SOUTH Thomas
SPEARS John William
SULLIVAN John
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WEEKES Henry
WILSON William (large file)
WOLFE Richard
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Copying service. Allow several weeks for a reply (I am often away for family reasons).

As a professional genealogist, I've spent thousands of hours indexing original records, and it also takes time to travel to a record office, order a bundle/volume, find the relevant file/page, order photocopies or take digital photos, and send them to you; so I charge fees for these services:

Option 1:  If you want me to copy the original document, my fee is based on handling time, which I cannot predict until I see the file. Send a deposit of $35 per file (if the work costs less, the surplus is refundable). If your deposit won't cover the cost of a large file, I will email you to discuss your options. For common names, tell me (if known) your subject's places of residence, death date, and next-of-kin. See how to send requests and payment (my email address is on that page).

Option 2:  I will (for a fee of $2 for one SURNAME plus $1 per additional SURNAME) provide source references (the record office, its location number for the source, file number and approximate year) so you can do the work yourself. See how to send requests and payment (my email address is on that page).


Other Suggestions

Other sources for asylum patients.

Mini-guide 'Researching Queensland Mental Asylum Patients'.

My other genealogy sites have additional advice and names.

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