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Queensland Public Curator Insanity Files
Surnames beginning with N - O

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 days or weeks in an asylum, and descendants would be unaware of that.

Insanity files (which are only closed for 75 years from the date of the last document in the file) are different from case books. Public Curator insanity files are mainly about getting someone to pay for the patient's maintenance, so they often have superb information about the patient's relatives.

There are files for people admitted to mental asylums at Goodna (Woogaroo / Wolston Park), Toowoomba (Willowburn) and Ipswich (Sandy Gallop). File contents vary, but they usually give dates of admission and discharge or death, and many have letters from the patient or his/her relatives, police reports, certificates, wills, divorce details, lists of property, etc. Information about relatives may include addresses, biographical data, children, employment history, property, financial and social circumstances, etc.

To research mental asylum patients, use all available sources, including those listed in 'Other Suggestions' (below 'Copying Service').

Explanation of these lists of names:

  • Source: Register of insanity files c.1865-1918. Some names are missing from the register, so check other sources too. If the file is missing, get brief details from the register.
  • Scroll through the list to find spelling variants. Some names are spelled incorrectly in the records.
  • UPPERCASE for SURNAMES.
  • Names without a surname, eg Ada (Aboriginal), are listed under the first letter of the name.
  • '..' means that I could not decipher some letters.
  • A question mark means handwriting was very difficult to read and the spelling is in doubt.
  • Names beginning with 'Mc' precede other 'M' surnames.
  • Apostrophes have been removed from names (eg, O'HANLAN is listed as OHANLAN).
  • Some diacritical marks such as umlauts were removed by the indexing software.
  • If there are two entries for a name, there may be two files for the same person, or two people with the same name. To find out, use the original records.
  • For names listed below, I offer a research and copying service (that link leads to instructions).
  • I also offer a research service for other patients if they were admitted before 1946. Use this request form (opens in a new window).

 Names beginning with: A B   C D   E F   G H   I J   K L   M   N O   P Q   R   S   T

'T' surnames have been added! Future additions will be announced on What's New.

Explanation of these names

NAGEL Harry H
NAGLE Mary Ann
NAGLE Thomas
NAHLENE Peter
NAIRN Sarah Elizabeth
NAISH Albert
NAISH Joseph Henry
NAJBIT Vlastislat
NANSCHON Adolph ?
NARNE Thomas
NASH James
NASH Samuel
NASH William
NASON Agnes
NATION William Morris
Nato (Indian)
NAU Kavill Isabella ?
NAUCHUTZ Christian
NAUGHLTY Patrick
NAURATH Anthony
NAUSCHON Adolph ? (see NANSCHON)
NAYLON Anthony
NAYLOR Edward Scott
NAYLOR George
NEAL Jessie Ann
NEAL John
NEAL William
NEALE Caroline
NEALE Joseph
NEALE Margaret Florence
NEALE Thomas
NEDEN Annie
NEDEN Elizabeth
NEEDEN Emily
NEEP William Henry
NEGRINI Nelisco
NEIGHBOUR Esther A
NEIL Winifred Florence Matilda
NEILAN Lizzie
NEILAN Thomas James
NEILL Alexander John
NEILL James
NEILL John
NEILL Julia
NEILL Thomas (or ONEILL)
NEILSEN Marie
NEILSEN Peter F C ?
NEILSEN Turtle
NEILSON Annie
NEILSON Charles (see NELSON)
NEILSON Emma
NEILSON Frederick
NEILSON Jane
NEILSON John
NEILSON John
NEILSON Thomas Joseph
NEISEN Joseph
Nellie (Aboriginal)
NELSON Charles (or NEILSON)
NELSON Frederick
NELSON James
NELSON John
NELSON Joseph
NELSON Joseph
NERANG Tommy
Nero (Aboriginal)
NETHERSOLE William
NEUENDORF Augusta E
NEUENDORF Friedrich Wilhelm A
NEUENDORF Julius Carl Franz
NEUMANN Gottleib
NEUMANN Maggie
NEVILLE Ellen May
NEVILLE Sarah Anne
NEVILLE Thomas
NEVISON Phoebe
NEWBURY Frances A
NEWBY Mary Elizabeth
NEWCOMBE David
NEWCOMBE Edward James
NEWCOMBE Julia
NEWCOMBE Mary E
NEWELL William
NEWITT David Thomas
NEWITT Frederick Reuben
NEWLANDS Herbert
NEWLY Daniel
NEWMAN Alfred
NEWMAN Elizabeth
NEWMAN Emma
NEWMAN Georgina
NEWMAN Henry
NEWMAN Mary Ann
NEWMAN Thomas
NEWMAN-WILSON James Row
NEWPORT Thomas
NEWSHAM Athelstan
NEWTON Hannah
NEWTON John Robert
NEWTON Mary
NEYLON John
NIBBIE Ambretti
NICHOLAS ELizabeth
NICHOLAS J P
NICHOLAS James Norman
NICHOLAS John
NICHOLL William
NICHOLLS Benjamin
NICHOLLS Caroline
NICHOLLS Elizabeth
NICHOLLS Elizabeth Ann
NICHOLLS Frances
NICHOLLS George H
NICHOLLS George Henry
NICHOLLS Johanna
NICHOLS George
NICHOLS James
NICHOLSON Elizabeth
NICHOLSON John
NICHOLSON John Henry
NICHOLSON Lizzie
NICHOLSON Mary
NICHOLSON Norah
NICHOLSON Walter G
NIELAND Thomas
NIELSEN Emma
NIELSEN Hans Olaf
NIELSEN Phillipena ?
NIELSON Dorothea
NIGHTINGALE Jane
NIGHTINGALE John S
NIHILL Patrick
NILSEN George Ferdinand
NIMMO James Redmond
NIMMO John
NIMMO John
NIMMO John
NINDORFF Frederick W
NISBET Robert Stevenson
NISBETT Edith Mabel
NITSCHKE William
NITZ Elizabeth
NIVEN Archibald
NIXON Arthur T
NIXON Edward
NIXON Elizabeth
NIXON Mary
NIXON Susannah
NIXON Sussannah
NIXON Walter
No Ho Gar
NOBEL Ernest
Noble (Aboriginal)
NOBLE Charles James
NOBLE Elizabeth
NOBLE Evelyn
NOBLE Rachel
NODDING William Joseph
NOEL Leland
NOGOUDA Albert (South Sea Islander)
NOLAN David
NOLAN Margaret
NOLAN Martin
NOLAN Mary Agnes
NOLAN Michael
NOLAN Patrick
NOLAN Patrick
NOLAN Patrick
NOLLER Louis Herman
NOON Jane Eliza
NOONAN Daniel James
NOONAN John Thomas
NOONAN Robert
NORDWALL Carl
NORMAN Arthur William
NORMAN Catherine Winifred
NORMAN Edgar
NORMAN George
NORMAN Tommy (Chinese)
NORMINGTON James
NORRIS Alice
NORRIS Charles William
NORRIS Charlotte
NORRIS Jeffery
NORRIS Mary
NORRIS Michael
NORRIS William
NORTH Elizabeth
NORTH Lucy
NORTH William
NORTHBRIDGE Charles
NORTHCOTE John
NORTHCOTT James
NORTON John
NORTRUP Mary
NORWOOD Eliza
NOTHLING Johanna
NOWLAN Emily Maud
NOWLAN William
NUCK Oscar Julius
NUGENT Elizabeth
Num Fook ?
NUSS Eliza Emily
NUTLEY Mary Jane
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OAKLEY John Stewart
OBENDORF Andrew
OBRIEN Agnes
OBRIEN Ann
OBRIEN Bridget
OBRIEN Catherine
OBRIEN Catherine
OBRIEN Edward
OBRIEN Elizabeth
OBRIEN Ellen
OBRIEN Ellen
OBRIEN Florence M
OBRIEN Florence Margaret
OBRIEN Hannah
OBRIEN Henry Arthur
OBRIEN James
OBRIEN James
OBRIEN James
OBRIEN James Joseph
OBRIEN Jane
OBRIEN Johanna
OBRIEN Johanna
OBRIEN John
OBRIEN John
OBRIEN John
OBRIEN Mary
OBRIEN Matthew
OBRIEN Michael
OBRIEN Michael
OBRIEN Michael Nicholas
OBRIEN Norah
OBRIEN Thomas Joseph
OBRIEN William
OBRIEN William
OBST John Gustavis
OCALLAGHAN Catherine
OCALLAGHAN Sarah
OCALLAGHAN Thomas
OCKELFORD Isa
OCKENDEN Jessie
OCONNELL Elizabeth
OCONNELL John
OCONNELL Maurice J
OCONNELL Michael
OCONNELL Thomas
OCONNELL Thomas
OCONNOR Annie
OCONNOR Annie
OCONNOR Arthur William
OCONNOR Bridget
OCONNOR Charles Stuart
OCONNOR Ellen
OCONNOR James
OCONNOR John
OCONNOR John
OCONNOR Margaret
OCONNOR Mary
OCONNOR Mary
OCONNOR Michael
OCONNOR Patrick
OCONNOR Patrick
OCONNOR William
OCONNOR William
OCONNOR William Lawrence
ODEA Catherine
ODOHERTY Annie
ODOHERTY Annie
ODOHERTY Daniel
ODOHERTY Denis
ODONNELL Paddy
ODONNELL William Lawrence
ODONOGHUE Thomas James
ODONOHUE Daniel
ODONOHUE Ellen
ODONOHUE John
ODONOHUE John
ODONOVAN Thomas
ODOWD William
ODRISCOLL Ellen
ODRISCOLL Francis Edward
ODWYER M J
ODWYER Margaret
ODWYER Michael J (or MOORE M)
ODWYER Patrick A
OECANKOFF Fader ?
OFFORD Martha Bromley
OFLAHERTY Thomas James
Ogata (Jap)
OGILVIE Anna
OGRADY James
OHAGAN Sarah Ann
OHALLORAN Andrew
OHALLORAN Edmund
OHANLAN Annie Catherine
OHANLAN Annie Catherine
OHANLON Annie Catherine
OHARA Ann
OHARA Luke ?
OHLBRECHT Otto
OHYE Bertha Julia
OKANE Thadeus
OKEEFE Agnes
OKEEFE Bridget
OKEEFE Cornelius
OKEEFE Cornelius
OKEEFE Cornelius (or EDWARDS Thomas)
OKEEFE Edward Arthur
OKEEFE Ellen
OKEEFE John
OKEEFE Joseph
OKEEFE William
OKEEFFE Thomas
OLAUGHLIN Henry James
OLAUGHLIN Thomas ?
OLEAN Joseph
OLEAN Thomas
OLEARY Arthur
OLEARY Cornelius
OLEARY Elizabeth
OLEARY Ellen
OLEARY James
OLEARY Kate
OLEARY Margaret
OLIVE Mary Alice
OLIVER Isaac
OLIVER John
OLIVER Michael
OLLAGHAN John
OLLIER Ada Elizabeth
OLNEY Ernest Henry
OLOUGHRAN William
OLSEN Annie
OLSEN Carl W
OLSEN Elizabeth
OLSEN Jacob
OLSEN Johann Martin
OLSEN Ole
OLSEN Olive
OLSEN Olivia Patria
OLSEN Oscar
OLSEN Oscar
OLSEN William Henry
OLSON Oliver
OMAHONEY Annie
OMALLEY Frank
OMALLEY John
OMALLEY Patrick James
OMALLEY Peter Charles
OMALLEY William
OMARA Hannah Sydney ?
OMARA Hugh
OMARA John
OMARA Thomas
OMEROD John Roscoe
OMEROD Richard
ON Jim ?
ONEIL Alice
ONEIL Daniel
ONEIL Edward
ONEIL John
ONEIL Martin
ONEIL Patrick John
ONEILL Bernard
ONEILL Bridget
ONEILL Catherine
ONEILL Edwin James
ONEILL Hannah
ONEILL Harry
ONEILL Henry
ONEILL John
ONEILL Lawrence
ONEILL Martin
ONEILL Thomas
ONEILL Thomas (or NEILL)
ONEILL William Bernard
ONIONS Louis Napoleon
ONIONS Maud
OOM Bullo
Oondallie (South Sea Islander)
OREARDON Daniel
OREGAN Joseph
OREGAN Kate
OREILLY Christine W ?
OREILLY Francis
OREILLY Peter
OREILLY Robert
OREILLY William
OREILLY William
ORILEY James
ORMEROD John Roscoe (see OMEROD)
ORMEROD Richard (see OMEROD)
OROURKE James
ORR Robert
ORR Thomas Shaw
ORWIN George
OSBORNE Alfred C
OSBORNE Sydney Charles
OSBORNE William
OSHAUGHNESSY Kate (or Mary)
OSHAUGHNESSY Mary (see Kate)
OSHAY Denis Gregory (or OSHEA)
OSHEA Denis Gregory (or OSHAY)
OSHEA Harry
OSHEA Johanna
OSHEA John
OSHEA Martin Vincent
OSHEA Nellie
OSHEA Patrick
OSHEA Patrick
OSHEA Timothy J
OSHEA William
OST John
OSTWALD Albert
OSULLIVAN Annie
OSULLIVAN Annie
OSULLIVAN David
OSULLIVAN Edward
OSULLIVAN Elizabeth H
OSULLIVAN Ellen
OSULLIVAN Henry
OSULLIVAN Jeremiah
OSULLIVAN John
OSULLIVAN Patrick
OSULLIVAN Patrick
OSWIN Ada S
Otaan (South Sea Islander) ?
OTOOLE Margaret
OTOOLE Matthew
OTTO Emilie
OTTO Frederick
OVENDEN Ivy Maud
OW Jim ?
OWEN Eliza Jane
OWEN Fred
OWEN Victor
OWEN William
OWENS David
OWENS Mary Ann
OWENS Sarah Ann
OWENS William
How to order a copy of a file

Names beginning with other letters

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 locate and copy original documents, the total cost will depend on what records are available for a particular patient. You pay for the time it takes me to search various record series, get copies and write a detailed report. Send a deposit of at least $65 per patient (any surplus is refundable). Print the request form (it opens in a new window) and send it by post (not email). See the list of payment methods available. You must either quote full source references and record office location/ID numbers for original records you've already seen, or post copies of those records. If you don't, research may be duplicated, time and money may be wasted, or relevant material may be missed.

Option 2:  I will (for a fee of $3 per entry) provide source references (the record office, its location number for the source, and approximate year) so you can do the work yourself. If the same name is listed (above) twice, that is two entries. See how to send requests and payment (my email address is on that page).




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Other Suggestions (links open in a new window)

See my mini-guide 'Researching Queensland Mental Asylum Patients', and check these:

Public Curator insanity files.

Mental asylum case books.

Supreme Court insanity files.

Colonial Secretary's Office in-letters.

Annual Reports of asylums.

Missing Friends records.

Undertaking files.

'Interim Index'.

Police Station watchhouse charge books.

Prison records (eg, Stewart's Creek).

Other records that I'm indexing (watch for announcements on What's New).

Liverpool, Tarban Creek and Parramatta (NSW) mental asylums.

Children in Mental Asylums.

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