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Queensland Public Curator Insanity Files
Surnames beginning with P - Q

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.

Names below are from my index to a register of insanity files. In cases where the file is missing, you will get brief details in the register.

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:

  • Source: Register of insanity files c.1865-1918. Some names are missing from the register, but other records have details of those patients.
  • Scroll through the list to find spelling variants. Some names are spelled incorrectly in the records.
  • UPPERCASE for SURNAMES;  Mixed Case if there is no distinct surname.
  • 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, inspect the files.
  • For names listed below, I offer a research and copying service (that link leads to instructions).
  • I also offer a research service for patients with surnames S to Z admitted up to 1918 and all patients admitted 1919-1945. 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' to 'Z' surnames will be added later (watch for announcements on What's New).
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PADAN John
PADDLE John
PADGET May
PAGE Albert
PAGE Amy Elizabeth
PAGE Emily Ruth
PAGE Harry
PAGE William
PAGE William
PAGE William J
PAGEL Eda
PAGEL Emilie
PAGEL Fred (Aboriginal)
PAGEL Reinhardt
PAGETT Elizabeth Sarah
PAIN Irene Claris
PAKKONEN Matti
PALFREY Jeremiah
PALINERO Annie ?
PALMER Albert
PALMER Alexander
PALMER George
PALMER Jacky (Aboriginal)
PALMER James Henry
PALMER John William
PALMER Laura Kate
PALMER Margaret
PALMER William Cecil
PAMPLING Joseph
PANTLIN John
PANTON John F
PAOLO Cicini
PARISH George
PARISH Sarah
PARK William Thomas
PARKER Alice Britton
PARKER Ellen
PARKER Emma Elizabeth
PARKER John W
PARKER Joseph James
PARKER William Henry
PARKES Charles
PARKES John
PARKES Thomas
PARKINSON William
PARKS Sophia
PARKS William
PARNEL Minnie
PARNELL Ernest
PAROZ Edward C
PARR George
PARR Robert
PARRINDER John Thomas
PARROTT Elizabeth
PARRY John Edward
PARSONS Frederick
PARSONS Harry
PARSONS James
PARSONS Laurence
PASCO Charles
PASCOE Lydia
PASCOE Mary Ann
PASCOE Rose Evelyn
PASHEN Mary Ann Martha
PASSMORE George
PASSMORE Mary
PASSMORE Thomas
PATERSON Agnes Jane
PATERSON Alfred
PATERSON Daniel
PATERSON John
PATERSON John Joseph
PATERSON William
PATHAWAY Edwin
PATON Jane
PATRICK Alfred Palmer
PATRICK Charles William
PATRICK Elizabeth
PATTEN Charles
PATTEN J
PATTERSON Allan
PATTERSON Edith M
PATTERSON Harry
PATTERSON John Leslie
PATTERSON Mary
PATTERSON William (died 30 Oct 1917)
PAUL William Rowe
PAULINE John
PAULL Anne Milton
PAURIEL Richard (or PAURIL ?)
PAVEY Annie Margaret Winifred
PAWSON John Albert Victor
PAXTON Walter
PAYER Ham
PAYNE Ann Jane
PAYNE Francis J A
PAYNE Julia Finch ?
PAYNE Samuel
PEACE James
PEACOCK George Arthur
PEAK Frederick
PEAKE William
PEARAN Matthew
PEARCE Abel
PEARCE Ada
PEARCE Charles
PEARCE Edwin
PEARCE Grace
PEARCE James - see PEARSE
PEARCE Josephine
PEARCE Lilian Gertrude
PEARCE Patrick
PEARCE Walter Henry
PEARL James
PEARN Louisa
PEARSE Henry Edward
PEARSE James
PEARSE Mary Anne
PEARSE Mary Ward
PEARSON Augusta Wilhelmina
PEARSON Dina B V
PEARSON Esther
PEARSON Gussie
PEARSON Margaret Ellen
PEAT William
PECHEY Helen Maria ?
PECHEY Marion
PEDERSEN Alice May ?
PEDERSEN Hannah M
PEDERSEN Hannah M
PEDERSEN May ?
PEEL Mary Ann
PEELE Ina B
PEIRCE Philip Leslie
PEITRO Dalmareo ?
PEMBER Robert
PENDER Kathleen Mary
PENGELLY William
PENHALLURICK Grace
PENNA William Edward
PENNELLY Joseph
PENNY Annie
PENNY George Edward
PENO Patrick ?
PENSINI Geovanni
PENTECOST Billie (alias Blooranta) (South Sea Islander)
PENTECOST Charlie (South Sea Islander) ?
PEOPLES Agnes Mary
PEPPERDINE Lilly May
PEPPLER Robert
PERCIVAL Eva Emily
PERCY Mary
PERE William
PERINA Frederick
PERKINS Emma
PERKINS George
PEROTT Sarah Augusta
PERRETT Gilbert
PERRIN Alice Amelia ?
PERROS [ask me about the given name]
PERROTT Martha
PERRY Augusta
PERRY George
PERRY George
PERRY Harriet
PERRY Hugh
PERRY Jane
PERSKE Albertina
PERTELS John
PERTLES John
PETCHEY Thomas
Peter (Aboriginal)
Peter (South Sea Islander)
PETER John Hilmer
PETERS Annie
PETERS David
PETERS Henry
PETERS Jean
PETERS Richard Watson
PETERS Richard Watson
PETERSEN Anna Maria
PETERSEN Caroline
PETERSEN Christiana
PETERSEN Frederick
PETERSEN John D
PETERSEN Lars
PETERSEN Mary
PETERSEN Mary
PETERSEN Peter Nisen
PETERSEN Theodore
PETERSON Amy Maud
PETERSON Mary Louisa Ann
PETERSON William
PETFORD Louisa O
PETHER Henry
PETRIE Alexander
PETRIE James Bertram
PETROFF Alexander
PETSCH William
PETTERSEN Anna
PETTERSEN Carl Alfred
PETTY Henry David
PETTY Margaret
PFLUGRADT Adeline Bertha
PFRUNDER Ernest
PHAN Maria
PHELAN Edward James
PHELAN William Patrick Mulhall
PHIE George
PHIE James
PHIE William
PHILLIPS Annie
PHILLIPS Bessie
PHILLIPS David
PHILLIPS Elizabeth Mary
PHILLIPS Emma
PHILLIPS Frank
PHILLIPS Howard
PHILLIPS Ilma
PHILLIPS Jack (alias Chas COLLINS)
PHILLIPS James
PHILLIPS John
PHILLIPS John
PHILLIPS John
PHILLIPS Thomas
PHIPPEN James
PHIPPS George H B
PHIPPS Sarah Lily Agnes
PHIPPS Thomas
PICCINELLI Catrina
PICKARD George (see BRICKER)
PICKELS Matthew William
PICKERING John (d. 1906)
PICKLES Maria
PICKLES Matthew William
PICKSTONE Jane
PICKSTONE Jane
PICKSTOW Jane ? (see PICKSTONE)
PIDD William
PIERCE Beatrice Eliza
PIERCE Thomas
PIGG Annie
PILLINGER George
PINCH Alfred E
PINKERTON Agnes
PINKERTON Fanny
PINTECOST Charlie (South Sea Islander) ?
PIPER Edward
PIPER Elizabeth
PITCHER Robert
PITMAN Josephine
PITT Annie
PITT John
PITT Ruth
PITTMAN Charles
PLANT Samuel John
PLANT Susan Rachel
PLATANOFF - (Mrs)
PLATELL Mary Ann
PLATTS Ann
PLATTS Annie
PLATZ Joseph
PLEACE Maria Ann (or DAVIS)
PLEGLER Henry
PLOVER Thomas Arthur
PLUMMER James
PLUMMER Kevin Rupert Edgar
PLUMMER William John
PLUMRIDGE Mary Ann
PLUNKETT James
PLUNKETT John
PLUNKETT Mary
POCOCK Sarah Jane
POCOCK William James
POHL John
POHLMAN Charles
POHLMAN Frank
POHLMAN Ingburg Henrietta
POLK Ellen
POLLOCK James
Polly (Aboriginal)
Polly (Aboriginal)
POLLY Amelia
POLLY Emily
POLMEAR Elizabeth
POMEROY Daisy Gladys
Pompey (Aboriginal)
PONTEE Emma
POOL Alice
POOL George .
POOLE Albert
POOLE Annie
POOLE Emily Auguste
POOLE James
POOLE Rose
POOLE Samuel
POOLE Thomas
Poomassi (South Sea Islander)
POPE Catherine
POPE Florence
POPE Phyllis Martha
POPHAM Hannah
PORTER Alfred James
PORTER Alice Ida
PORTER Catherine
PORTER Francis
PORTER Grace Nellie
PORTER Rebecca
PORTZABA Annie Amelia
POTTER Jessie
POTTER Ruby May
POULSEN Edward
POULSON Robert Bell
POULTNEY Robert
POULTNEY Robert
POWE Arthur Henry .
POWELL Alice Somerset
POWELL Frederick
POWELL Herbert John
POWELL Jane Elizabeth
POWELL John
POWELL John
POWELL Mary Ann C
POWER Albert
POWER Arthur G
POWER David
POWER Francis Bryan
POWER Henry
POWER Henry
POWER James Pearce
POWER John Henry
POWER John Patrick
POWER Kate
POWER Lawrence
POWER Mabel Albina
POWER Margaret Mary
POWER Maurice Daniel
POWER Michael
POWER Thomas
POWLES Abesyker
POY Sea
PRAM Singh
PRATT Johanna
PRATT Naomi
PRATT Percy Edward
PRATTEN Frances Florence
PRENZLER Mary Sophie
PRERE Ellen
PRESCOTT Alexander
PRESTIGE Thomas Preston
PRESTON George
PRESTON Hannah Louisa
PRICE Annie
PRICE Arthur Ernest
PRICE Benjamin E
PRICE Christopher J D
PRICE Frank
PRICE Isabella
PRICE Isabella Jane
PRICE Joseph
PRICE Joseph
PRICE Margaret
PRICE Morgan
PRICE Norman
PRICE Percy
PRICE Phoebe
PRICE Sarah Jane
PRICE William Richard
PRIDEAUX Henry
PRIEST Henry Hayward
PRIGGINS Benjamin
Primitile (Manilla)
PRINCE Eve
PRINCE Margaret Alice
PRINGLE Lilian Jane
PRINGLE Margaret
PRIOR John
PRIOR Lily
PRIOR Thomas
PRISK Joseph
PRITCHARD David Lewis
PRITCHARD John
PROCTOR Joseph
PROFFIT Ada
PROFFITT William
PROTHERO Louisa
PROTHERS John Arthur
PROUDLEY Alice Ann
PROUDLEY Nellie
PROUDLOCK Louis
PRUDENCE Mary
PRUDENCE Mary
PRYN Andre Maria ?
PUDJAR Harry
PUDMORE Mary E
PUGH Albert
PUGH Charlotte
PUGH William
PUGSLEY Catherine
PUISACH Aurora
PUMMELL William Henry
PURCELL Bridget (admitted 1892)
PURCELL Bridget (d.1906)
PURCELL Bridget (d.1927)
PURCELL George
PURCELL James
PURCELL Josepha
PURCELL Mary
PURCELL Thomas
PURCELL Thomas Lawrence
PURDY Ann
PURTILL Norah
PURVIS Mary Ellen
PUTTAM Jimmy
PUTTICK George Lawrence
PUZZI John
PYBUS John Alfred
PYLE Walter Carpenter
PYNE Leslie
How to order a copy of a file

QUAID Bessie (see McQUAID)
QUAIFE Margaret
QUAINTON Elizabeth Stephens
Quamboolie (South Sea Islander)
QUARRELL Mary Ellen Jos
QUAY Sang
QUE SHUE George
QUEENAN Michael
QUICK John
QUIGLEY Andrew
QUIGLEY Michael
QUIN Frank
QUINE Elizabeth Agnes
QUINLAN David
QUINLAN Jane
QUINLAN John
QUINLAN Margaret
QUINLAN Thomas
QUINLAN Thomas ?
QUINN Blanche
QUINN Catherine
QUINN Daniel Joseph
QUINN David
QUINN Ernest
QUINN John
QUINN Mary
QUINN Richard
QUINN Thomas
QUINN William
QUIRE Elizabeth Ann
QUIRK Timothy
QUMLAN Thomas ?
QUONG Chew
QUONG Wee Chong
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 multiple record series, get copies and write a detailed report. Send a deposit of $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.

Option 2:  I will (for a fee of $2 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).







Other Suggestions

Names beginning with other letters.

Other sources for asylum patients.

Mini-guide 'Researching Queensland Mental Asylum Patients'.

My other genealogy sites have additional advice and names.

Search this site  (do NOT use apostrophes; read search results page carefully)

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