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Beechworth Asylum records

Posted: 2 Jan 2013 10:04AM GMT
Classification: Query
Im wanting to do my thesis next year on the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum and some of the cases that were wrongly commited. I have not been able to find anything, books, articles etc, can anyone assist me with some information on these? Thanks in advance

Re: Beechworth Asylum records

Posted: 2 Jan 2013 11:17AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Hi

Have you tried the National Library of Australia - TROVE newspaper site. Seems to be articles there. I just searched using "Beechworth Lunatic" and quite a few articles came up.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/home

Cheers
Tania

Re: Beechworth Asylum records

Posted: 2 Jan 2013 1:22PM GMT
Classification: Query
The records are kept at the Vic. Public Records Office. Links to records of male and female patients (I think you will need to do your own research)

http://tinyurl.com/ay8qvf8
http://tinyurl.com/a57hp6t

Asylum records are usually closed to the public for around 100 years.
http://prov.vic.gov.au/research/mental-health

Debra

Re: Beechworth Asylum records

Posted: 6 Jan 2013 10:23AM GMT
Classification: Query
I have such a case, and have obtained copies of the relevant clinical notes. If you are serious, I would be glad for you to use this case for your thesis. Ive done quite a lot of peripheral research as well.
yours sincerely,
David Carey

Re: Beechworth Asylum records

Posted: 8 Jan 2013 10:52AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi David, Im very serious and thankyou for your kind offer. Happy to chat via email if you dont wish to discuss on here finding.us@hotmail.com

Michelle

Re: Beechworth Asylum records

Posted: 9 Jan 2013 8:09PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello,
I live in Beechworth if I can help in any way ( showing you around the town, taking photos etc)let me know.
You should also get in touch with Adam Wynne-Jenkins who runs Beechworth Ghost Tours at the Asylum. He was brought up at Mayday and is a walking encyclopedia on the place. Also contact The Burke Museum in Beechworth. There are still many people in town who worked there that may share some stories with you. The local paper is the Ovens and Murray Advertiser which unfortunately only has a couple of years worth on Trove but the originals are here in town.
Let me know if I can help. I'll find some numbers for you.
Regards
Alison

Re: Beechworth Asylum records

Posted: 9 Jan 2013 8:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
http://www.beechworthghosttours.com/

Burke Museum:
(03) 5728 8067

Regards
Alison

Re: Beechworth Asylum records

Posted: 9 Jan 2013 9:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you Alison i appreciate your assistance and kind offer. I went to beechworth recently and did the tour which is why im now so interested to find out more about some of the terrible reasons sane people were commited. Im also very interested in the Govener who ran the place as it would appear he was the one that was slightly crazy. I wil contact Adam too and see if he has some information that he can share with me. I ordered a book from the muesuem called Lion of beechworth that im hoping will have some case studies in it. Im suprised at the lack of information that is available on the people who were commited. But im so intrigued as to what happened to these poor people over the years. If you see any information/books or newspapers on this, please let me know, im happy to pay, you can email me direct if you find anything finding.us@hotmail.com thanks so much. Michelle

Re: Beechworth Asylum records

Posted: 10 Jan 2013 11:24AM GMT
Classification: Query
Tell me some more about your thesis. Where are you doing your thesis?Who is your supervisor? Who chose the subject?
David Carey

Re: Beechworth Asylum records

Posted: 7 Jul 2013 11:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
The books of records of the patients held at Beechworth Mental Hospital are at PROV in North Melbourne. The records are closed for a certain period (50 or 75 years?), then can be accessed. I researched someone who was admitted in 1884 and died there in 1929 and I was able see his records - most interesting was his detailed admission record. From memory they were in a book, which you might be able to browse.

I know enough to recognise that he was clearly a schizophrenic and not wrongly committed, but he was given some other antiquated diagnosis. The presumed cause of his illness was interesting - masturbation.
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