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Archives In Brief 87 - Liverpool State Hospital and Home - Inmate records

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A brief overview of the major sources held by State Records that relate to Liverpool Asylum for the Infirm and Destitute (1862-1933) and Liverpool State Hospital and Home (1933-61).

Administrative background

Liverpool Asylum was originally established as a branch of the Sydney Benevolent Society in 1851. An index to Sydney Benevolent Asylum admissions and discharges 1857-1900 is available online.
The Colonial Government took control of the Asylum in 1862. The Asylum provided refuge for infirm and destitute men. Those able to assist in the Asylum's farm operations and workshop were paid a small daily wage. In 1933 the name changed to Liverpool State Hospital and Home. The institution closed in 1961.

About the records

In November 2000 the City of Liverpool and District Historical Society returned to State Records a number of records from the Liverpool Asylum/State Hospital that had been in its custody since the closure of the Hospital. State Records acknowledges and thanks the Society for the return of these important records to official custody. These records are included in the listing below.

Many of the surviving records of the Liverpool Asylum/State Hospital and Home are incomplete and provide brief details about inmates.

Public access to records of Liverpool State Hospital

All records, including inmate records, created by the Liverpool State Hospital and Home, 1890-1959, are open to public access.

This is an exception to the access direction that closes all patient identifying medical records for 110 years. For more information about access to records of other asylums for the infirm and destitute and mental hospitals see Archives in Brief 85 and Archives in Brief 86.

For information about access directions consult the Register of Access Directions.

For further information about your rights of access, see Archives in Brief 9.

Format of the records for viewing

Most of the records listed in this AIB have been copied. In the listing of main record series:

  • photocopied records are shown as COD
  • microfilmed records are shown as reels, and
  • microfiche records are shown as fiche.

If the records are not copied the item numbers are indicated in square brackets [].

Main record series

NRS 4946, Registers of admissions and discharges, 1859-1959
*
Apr 1859-Jul 1863, Oct 1874-Jan 1878 - Reel 1398
*
Aug 1882-Feb 1886, 1886-87, 1892-95 - Reel 1399
* 1889-1909 - Fiche 6017-20
* 1898-1901 - Reel 1400
* 1949-51, 1954-59 [6/4778-81]
Indexes to material on Reels 1398-1401 are available electronically in the reading room. See:
* Liverpool Asylum Index, 1859-83 for material on Reel 1398
*
Liverpool Asylum Index, 1882-94 for material on Reel 1399
* Liverpool Asylum Index, 1882-1902 for material on Reel 1399 and 1400
* Liverpool Asylum Index, 1874-90, 1898-1902 for material on Reels 1400 and 1401
The indexes were produced by Liverpool Genealogy Society Inc.

NRS 4948, Registers of inmates, 1873-1913
* Jan 1889-Sep 1890 - Reel 1401
* Sep 1890-Nov 1893 - Reel 1402
* Nov 1893-Apr 1897 - Reel 1403
* Apr 1897-Jul 1899 - Reel 1404
* Jul 1901-May 1903 - Reel 1405
* 4 May 1903-20 Dec 1904 [6/21200]
* Dec 1904-Oct 1906 - Reel 1405
* Oct 1906-Mar 1909 - Reel 1406
* Mar 1909-Jul 1913 - Reel 1407

NRS 4947, Indexes to registers of admissions and discharges, 1874-86
*
1874-81 - COD 511
* 1881-86 - COD 512

NRS 4951, Surgeon Superintendent's weekly reports, 1877-1906
* Oct 1877-Mar 1883 - Reel 1389
* Mar 1883-Oct 1889 [7/5316-17]
* Oct 1891-Jun 1893 - Reel 1399
* Jun 1893-Oct 1906 [7/5318-20]

NRS 4952, Medical registers, 1893-1925
* 1893-94 [7/5353]
* 1895-96 [7/6897.2]
* 24 Jul 1896-23 Jun 1908 - Fiche 5980-6007
* 22 Jun 1903-11 Sep 1911 - Fiche 6038-6065
* 1907 [7/6897.3]
* 1923-25 [7/6897.4]
Item list available in reading room.

NRS 4950, Registers of admissions to and discharges from hospital wards (administration), 1895-1902
* 1895-98 - Reel 1399
* 1898-1902 - Reel 1400

Medical reports, 18 Aug 1900-Aug 1903
Fiche 6008-6016
Item list available in reading room.

Admission cards — deaths, 1884-1958 [11/22911.2-22922.1]
Item list available in reading room.

Admission cards — discharges, 1891-1959 [11/22871-22911.1]
Item list available in reading room.

Pension cards, c.1930-c.1959 [19/8375, 19/8377.2]
Item list available in reading room.

Registers of Deceased Inmates, 24 Mar 1942-24 Nov 44
Fiche 6021-6024
Item list available in reading room.

Death registers, 1948-58 [6/4791-92]
Item list available in reading room.

Other records may be identified in Archives Investigator.

See Archives in Brief 86 for information about records of inmates of asylums for the infirm and destitute, and Archives in Brief 85 for information about records of patients of mental health facilities.

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