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Queensland Public Curator Insanity Files
Surnames beginning with R

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 (protective management 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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RAAEN Haagen
RABBIT Harriet
RABY Alexander William
RACHOW Hannah
RADFORD Alexander Percy
RADFORD David
RADFORD Joseph
RAE Nicoll
RAFF Douglas
RAFF Isabella Rachael
RAFTER John James
RAFTER Margaret
RAFTER Matilda
RAFTER Patrick William
RAHE Mary
RAHMANN Albert
RAIMUSSEN Raimus (see RASMUSSEN)
RAINBIRD Valentine Maud
RAINE William
Rainkeri (South Sea Islander)
RALPH Anthony
RALPH Christina S
RALPH James
RALPH Margaret
RAM Sammie
RAM Sammie (Jimmy)
RAMAGE Edith
RAMAGE Edith Isabel Honora Platt
RAMKEMA John James
RAMSAY Alice
RAMSAY Lily
RAMSAY Louisa
RAMSAY Margaret Ursula
RAMSAY Rhoda
RAMSAY William
RAMSAY William
RANDALL Martha
RANKIN Charles
RANKIN George
RANKIN James
RANKIN James
RANKIN James
RANKIN Julia
RANKIN Margaret
RANKIN Richard
RANKIN Robert
RANKIN William
RANKINE Wilhelmina
RANSOME Bessie C ?
RANSON John
RANZOW William
RAPIPORT Emily
RAPIPORT Jacob
RASMUSSEN Marie Willemine
RASMUSSEN Raimus
RATCLIFFE Evelyn Mary
RATCLIFFE Harriett
RATHGEN John
RATTRAY John
RAUCHE Wentolina
RAVOSHUFF Arkey ?
RAWLINGS Henry J
RAWLINGS William
RAY Annie
RAY Robert
RAY Walter Francis
RAYMENT Florence
RAYMENT William Henry
RAYMOND Robert
RAYMOUS Donna Maria
READ Henry
READ John
READSHAW Thomas
READY Annie
READY Martin
REAH Bertha G
RECKOW Albert August John
REDDAN Patrick
REDFORD James (Aboriginal)
REDMAN Annie
REDMOND Charles George
REDPATH Isaac
REDPATH Isaac
REDSTONE Alfred
REDSTONE Elizabeth
REED Frederick
REED William
REEDMAN Thomas
REEDY Mary
REEDY Patrick
REES David
REES John
REES Sarah
REEVES Frank
REEVES John
REEVES Thomas
REGAN John
REIBELT Annie Mary
REICHARDT Frederick C
REICHART Anna
REICHELT Charles Paul
REID Alexander
REID Bridget Josephine
REID Christina
REID Eliza
REID Harry
REID John
REID John Menle
REID John William
REID Lottie
REID Thomas Wyness
REIKER William
REILLY Charles
REILLY Frederick Andrew
REILLY James
REILLY James
REILLY Mary
REILLY Michael
REIMER Edith
REIMERS Henry
REINHARDT Louisa
REINKE Frederica Mary
REINONDI Gindo ?
REIRONDI Gindo ? (see REINONDI)
REISS Carl
REKOW Albert August John (see RECKOW)
REMOUSE Donna Maria ? (see RAYMOUS)
RENNIE Jack (South Sea Islander)
RENWICK Ellen
RENWICK Henry
RETALLICK Sarah A
REUBEN Frederick Lewis
REVITT Colin J
REWALD Eda
REX Hanora
REYNOLDS Annie
REYNOLDS Annie Georgina
REYNOLDS Francis Patrick
REYNOLDS Henry
REYNOLDS James
REYNOLDS John
REYNOLDS John
REYNOLDS Michael
REYNOLDS Richard John
REYNOLDS William George
RHODES Catherine
RHODES Jessie
RHODES Jessie
RHODES Thomas Peter ?
RIBETZKE Frederick
RICE Bridget
RICE Catherine
RICE John
RICE Martha
RICH Agnes
RICH Florence K
RICH Herbert Patrick Plunkett
RICHARDS Eliza
RICHARDS Julia
RICHARDS Martha
RICHARDS Mary
RICHARDS Tareena
RICHARDS William
RICHARDS William
RICHARDSON George Henry
RICHARDSON J B
RICHARDSON James
RICHARDSON Madoline L
RICHARDSON Percy
RICHARDSON Percy James
RICHARDSON Sarah
RICHARDSON Thomas
RICHARDSON William
RICHES Herbert A A
RICHMOND Mary
RICHTER Elizabeth C
RICKARD Alice
RICKARD Jos
RICKARD Joseph
RICKETTS George
RIDDLE John William
RIDGWAY Amy
RIDING William J
RIDLEY Charles Herbert
RIDLEY Charles Herbert
RIDLEY James
RIECHELMAN Henry
RIECK Annie Maria
RIEHS Karl ?
RIGINEUSE Simon
RILATT Sarah J (see RYLATT)
RILEY Clara
RILEY Frank Enq:Francesca Hillard
RILEY John
RILEY John
RILEY Luke
RILEY William
RINGEL Theodore
RINGROSE Edward
RIORDAN Kate
RIORDAN Kate
RIORDAN Michael
RIORDAN Michael
RIORDAN Veve Claud
RIPLEY Charlotte Ann
RIPLEY Jane
RISLEY Mabel Ryder
RITCHIE Annie
RITCHIE Annie Catherine
RITCHIE Archibald
RITTER August
RITTLER Mary
RIVERS Serena J
RIVERS Serena J
ROACH Edward
ROACH Michael
ROACHE Ellen Mary
ROACHE Patrick
ROACHE Robert
ROACKE Charles
ROARK Connor Enq:Grellan Rourke
ROBB Ellen (see Helen ROBB)
ROBB Helen (or Ellen)
ROBB William
ROBB William
ROBBA Katherine
ROBBINS George
ROBBINS Mary
ROBERLSON Thomas ?
ROBERTS Alice
ROBERTS Bridget
ROBERTS Eliza
ROBERTS Elizabeth
ROBERTS George William
ROBERTS Jessie
ROBERTS Jimmy (or John)
ROBERTS John
ROBERTS John (see ROBERTS Jimmy)
ROBERTS Kate (wife of Charles in NSW)
ROBERTS Louise
ROBERTS Mary Ann
ROBERTS Richard
ROBERTS Richard William
ROBERTS Robert
ROBERTS Robert
ROBERTS Roberts
ROBERTS Thomas
ROBERTS Walter C
ROBERTSON Alexander
ROBERTSON Charles
ROBERTSON David
ROBERTSON George
ROBERTSON Grace Ann
ROBERTSON Honor
ROBERTSON Humphrey
ROBERTSON James
ROBERTSON James
ROBERTSON James
ROBERTSON James Nelson
ROBERTSON Jane Kennedy
ROBERTSON John
ROBERTSON John
ROBERTSON Thomas
ROBERTSON Thomas ?
ROBERTSON Walter Geo
ROBERTSON William
ROBERTSON William
ROBINS Alfred
ROBINS Alfred
ROBINS William Henry
ROBINS William Henry
ROBINSON Alfred
ROBINSON Amy L
ROBINSON Amy Louisa
ROBINSON Ann
ROBINSON Anne
ROBINSON Anne
ROBINSON Benjamin
ROBINSON Benjamin
ROBINSON Charles
ROBINSON Elizabeth
ROBINSON Elizabeth Jane
ROBINSON Fanny Elizabeth (see ROBINSON Elizabeth)
ROBINSON Fletcher
ROBINSON Florence Jane
ROBINSON Frank J
ROBINSON John James
ROBINSON John Thomas
ROBINSON Joseph
ROBINSON Joseph James (see ROBINSON John James)
ROBINSON Kate
ROBINSON Madeline
ROBINSON Martha Jane
ROBINSON Mary
ROBINSON Mary
ROBINSON Mary
ROBINSON Mary Eliza
ROBINSON Richard
ROBINSON Samuel
ROBINSON Sarah
ROBINSON Thomas Hanson
ROBINSON Thomas Stephen
ROBINSON William
ROBSON Mark James
ROCHE Ellen Mary (Helen)
ROCHE Helen (see ROCHE Ellen Mary)
ROCHE Joseph
ROCKE John Charles Herman
ROCKLEY Margaret Ann
ROCKLEY Margaret Ann
ROCKWELL Jean Ann
RODD Hubert
RODD Marsden Burrell
RODD Rupert Aubrey
RODDA Stephen L S ?
RODE August
RODGER Ivy Ellen
RODGERS Harris
RODGERS James
RODGERS John
RODGERS Maud
RODGERS Thomas
RODNEY Maria (see RODNEY Mary)
RODNEY Mary
RODNEY Matthew
ROE Harry
ROEBIG Philip
ROGAN Jeremiah
ROGERS Eva
ROGERS Jennie L
ROGERS John
ROGERS Taoma ?
ROGGENKAMP Alice Mary
ROLAND William
ROLES August
ROLES Elizabeth
ROLLASON Joseph
ROLLES Charles
ROLOFF Edie
ROMA Charlie (Aboriginal)
ROMAN Arthur
RONALD James
RONALD Mary
Rongah (South Sea Islander)
ROOBOTTOM Sarah Jane
ROOKAN Dean
ROONEY Cormack
ROONEY James
ROONEY John
ROONEY Margaret Mary
ROONEY Mary
ROONEY Michael
ROONEY Michael
ROPER Ann
ROPER Martha Ann
ROSCOE James Maxwell
ROSE Emily
ROSE Emily Jane
ROSE George Henry
ROSE George Tower ?
ROSE Mary
ROSENBERG Anne M D
ROSENLAND Olga
ROSER Henry Edward
Rosie (Aboriginal)
ROSIER Robert
ROSS Adelaide
ROSS Alex Donald
ROSS Bridget Agnes
ROSS Caroline Maud
ROSS Catherine Ellen
ROSS Charles
ROSS David
ROSS Elizabeth Liddiard
ROSS George
ROSS George John
ROSS James
ROSS James
ROSS James
ROSS James D
ROSS James Henry
ROSS John Alexander
ROSS Joseph Richmond
ROSS Kenneth Stuart
ROSS Mary
ROSS William
ROSS William
ROSS William
ROSSER Emily
ROSSITER Essie
ROST Alfred Joseph
ROSTOCK Frank
ROTHERY Stanley H
ROUGH Violet Deresby
ROUGHAN Eliza Emily
ROUGHLY Thomas
ROULSTON William
ROUND George
ROUNTREE Edward
ROURKE Connor Enq:Grellan Rourke
ROURKE Thomas
ROUSE Wentolina
Rov-ver-rah (South Sea Islander)
ROW Sam (or AH LEONG or Morocca)
ROWAN Patrick
ROWE Frederick James
ROWE George
ROWE Harry Stone
ROWE Joseph
ROWE Lorna
ROWLAND Arthur Thomas
ROWLAND Benjamin
ROWLAND Walter
ROWLANDS Ellen
ROWLEY Job
ROWLINGS Henry James
ROWLINSON Emma
ROWNEY James Ellis
ROWSWELL John Edward
ROY Cecilia
ROYLANCE Agnes
RUDD Cecil Joseph
RUDDICK John William
RUDDICK Robinson
RUDDLE David
RUDHALL George
RUDOVSKY Henrich
RUFF John
RUFF Julius
RUMSBY Phillip
RUSH Thomas
RUSH William
RUSH William
RUSSELL Adam
RUSSELL Annie
RUSSELL Edith May Octavia
RUSSELL Elizabeth
RUSSELL Elizabeth Raymond
RUSSELL Elizabeth Raymond
RUSSELL Ellen May
RUSSELL Frederick C
RUSSELL George Henry
RUSSELL John
RUSSELL Matthew
RUSSELL Patrick C
RUSSELL Percy
RUSSELL Roderick
RUSSELL Susan J
RUSSELL Walter Milne
RUTHERFORD James William Edward
RUTHERFORD John
RUTHERFORD Robert
RUTHERFORD Sidborough
RUTHERFORD Thomas
RUTHVEN Christopher Henry
RUTLEDGE Matilda
RUXTON Mary
RYAN Ambrose Henry
RYAN Anasta (or Ann)
RYAN Ann (see RYAN Anasta)
RYAN Annie
RYAN Daniel
RYAN David Patrick
RYAN Denis
RYAN Denis
RYAN Edmund A
RYAN Edward
RYAN Edward
RYAN Edward
RYAN Edward
RYAN Ellen
RYAN Frank August
RYAN Gertrude
RYAN James
RYAN James
RYAN James
RYAN James
RYAN James
RYAN James (see RYAN Jimmie)
RYAN James ?
RYAN James Joseph
RYAN Jimmie (James)
RYAN John
RYAN John
RYAN John
RYAN John
RYAN John
RYAN John
RYAN John
RYAN John Francis
RYAN John Patrick
RYAN Kathleen
RYAN Keyran
RYAN Laurence
RYAN Margaret
RYAN Margaret
RYAN Margaret Agnes
RYAN Mary Ann
RYAN Mary Elizabeth
RYAN Matthew
RYAN Michael
RYAN Michael E
RYAN Norah
RYAN Patrick
RYAN Patrick
RYAN Patrick
RYAN Patrick Michael
RYAN Theresa
RYAN Thomas
RYAN Thomas
RYAN Thomas
RYAN Thomas Francis
RYAN William
RYAN William
RYAN William
RYLATT Sarah
RYLATT Sarah J
RYNN Mary Ann
RYNNE Bridget
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. You must either quote full source references and Archives location/ID numbers for original records you've already seen, or send 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 $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.

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