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from some Annual Reports of Asylums for the Insane
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.
Annual Reports of the Asylums for the Insane often give (in addition to the patient's ship of arrival) their age, marital status, date of immigration, date admitted to asylum, and remarks such as 'discharged recovered', 'died', 'since readmitted', 'deserted by her parents', 'epileptic', 'emigrated to Sydney', 'emigrated to Melbourne', 'was in Maryborough', 'mother died in asylum in England', 'father insane', etc.
The list below (names and ships) was compiled by a friend who shares my enthusiasm for genealogy and family history. She has found evidence to suggest that the people listed below spent some time in a Queensland mental asylum before 1888. She has not looked at later reports. Please note that this is only a partial list.
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:
ADAMS James, Scottish Knight
BAIN Margaret, Linlithgowshire
CHALMERS William, Duntrune
DALTON Susan, Scottish Hero
EGAN Annie, Almora
FALKNER Mark, Stacathro
GALSWORTHY George, New Guinea
HEXTER Martha, Dorunda
IVES Susan, Chyebassa
JONES Ellen, Melpomene
KELLY Johanna, Corona
LANE James E, Duke of Buckingham
McINTYRE Sam, Selkirkshire
MADDAFORD Henry ?, Dorunda ?
NIXON Edward, Sarah Scott
OBRIEN Mary Ann, Duke of Westminster
RICE John, New Guinea
SADDLER R, Albany
TENNYSON Thomas, Berwick Law
It takes time to travel to a record office, find the relevant volume/page, order photocopies or get digital images, and send them to you. As a professional genealogist, I charge fees for these services:
Option 1: If you want me to copy the Report of Asylums, my fee is $10 for one name listed above. See how to send requests and payment (my email address is on that page). If more than one name is of interest, email or my alternative address, specify 'Asylum Reports index' and the names required. If you don't receive a reply, check your spam folder or contact me again from a different email address.
Option 2: I will (for a fee of $2 for one SURNAME plus $1 per additional SURNAME) provide source references (the record office, source title and year) so you can do the work yourself. See how to send requests and payment (my email address is on that page).
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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