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BOOK - My Ancestor was in an Asylum: Brief Guide to Asylum Records in Australia and New Zealand   
By S. Hicks
Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2014
This edition printed and bound in Canada by Inc., Milton, 2015

Softcover...16.00 (C$)

The author's interest in asylum records was sparked when she found some of her own ancestors had spent time in asylums, or had died in an asylum. Asylums were not only used to house the poor, the aged, the frail and those who had no one to care for them.

Surviving archival records provide a wealth of genealogical information not usually found in government records including information on patients' physical description, personal family details, health information and sometimes even a photograph. As well as archival records, information can also be found in newspapers, published histories, government publications and enquiries. Libraries often have photographs of asylum buildings, grounds, wards, patients and staff.

If you have lost an ancestor, or simply misplaced them for a few years, then asylum records may be worth investigating. This brief guide in an excellent introduction to resources available and how to use these resources effectively. Do asylums hold the key to bringing down your brick wall? Why not find out now!

  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • Why look for an ancestor in an asylum?
    • Before you begin
  • Archival resources
    • Access to the records
    • Commonwealth archival records
  • Other resources
  • Overview of resources
  • Queensland (QLD)
    • Brief list of major asylums
    • Queensland State Archives (QSA)
    • Judy Webster's Website
    • Dunwich Museum, Stradbroke Island
    • Dunwich Cemetery, Stradbroke Island
    • Goodna Cemetery
    • Further reading
  • New South Wales (NSW)
    • Brief list of major asylums
    • State Records New South Wales (SRNSW)
    • Further reading
  • Victoria (VIC)
    • Brief list of major asylums
    • Public Record Office Victoria (PROV)
    • State Library of Victoria (SLV)
    • Melbourne Benevolent Asylum
    • Bendigo Benevolent Asylum
    • Aradale Asylum
    • Further reading
  • Tasmania (TAS)
    • Brief list of major asylums
    • Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office (TAHO)
    • New Norfolk Insane Asylum
    • Cascades Female Factory Historic Site
    • Further reading
  • South Australia (SA)
    • Brief list of major asylums
    • State Records South Australia (SRSA)
    • Published indexes
    • The Home for Incurables
    • Further reading
  • Western Australia (WA)
    • Brief list of major asylums
    • State Records of Western Australia (SROWA)
    • State Library of Western Australia
    • Newspapers
    • Fremantle Arts Centre
    • Further reading
  • Northern Territory (NT)
  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
  • New Zealand
    • Brief list of major asylums
    • Archives New Zealand
    • National Library of New Zealand
    • Further reading
  • Conclusion
  • Select bibliography
    • Websites
    • General
  • Index
Paperback: 56 pages
Product Dimensions: 5 x 8"
Softcover - staple-bound on spine
Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2014
This edition printed and bound in Canada by Inc., Milton, 2015
ISBN 9781921956348 Inc. 1992-2019
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