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Agency ID2594
TitleIpswich Special Hospital
Agency TypeHealth/Hospital Service
Start Date 1/7/1878
End Date 1/1/1968
Date NotesN/A

Provides mental health and/or psychiatric care

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Series IDTitleFromTo
5839Case Books - Male 1/7/1878 26/3/1956
19140Registers of Patients and Admission Books 1/7/1878 1/1/1968
19139Register of Discharges, Removals and Deaths 24/7/1885 1/1/1968
5236Letterbook of Samuel Lewis 28/11/1893 12/2/1899
17660Hospital Plan for New Wards 1/1/1906 31/12/1906
5838Register of Patients' Transfers - Male 6/1/1909 28/12/1974
5853Head Attendants' Books - Male Wards 29/5/1910 31/12/1939
5843Day and Night Report Books - Male Wards 1-3 29/5/1910 31/12/1940
5840Case Books - Female 17/1/1911 6/10/1954
5235Medical Journal of H. Byan Ellerton 30/7/1911 28/6/1922
5310Staff Register - Female 19/8/1911 7/12/1928
5844Day and Night Report Books - Female Wards 1-3 4/1/1912 31/12/1940
5190Time and Occurrence Book 7/8/1915 28/2/1916
5841Duty Book - Male 1/1/1917 31/12/1917
5842Duty Books - Female 1/1/1917 1/1/1938
5852Head Attendants' Books - Female Wards 1/1/1923 31/12/1940
5854Day and Night Report Books - Hospital Wards 1/1/1926 31/12/1940
5834Registers of Farm Produce 1/7/1936 24/9/1961
5837Index to Case Books - Female 1/11/1937 31/3/1965
5836Index to Case Books - Male 1/11/1937 31/3/1965
5835Register of Farm Livestock and Milk 5/9/1959 19/4/1962
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
220Wolston Park Hospital 1/7/1878 3/2/1910
123Home Secretary's Office 3/2/1910 4/12/1935
126Health and Home Affairs Department 5/12/1935 25/9/1963
105Department of Health 26/9/1963 1/1/1968
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Related Agencies

Agency IDTitleRelationship
8396Challinor Centre, Ipswichmental heath care
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Information Sources

Parliamentary Papers, 1940, p. 1063
Annual Report of the Health and Medical Services of the State of Queensland for the year 1967-68, p 46
Department of Health, Outline of Department's Activities 1957-1972, p 98
Department of Health, Outline of Department's Activities 1957-1974, p 68
Queensland Government Gazette 1910, Vol XCIV, No 30, p 446
Blue Book of Queensland 1878, p 26
Blue Book of Queensland 1893, p 44
A History of Health & Medicine in Queensland 1824-1960, pp 123-134
Woogaroo Lunatic Asylum : Report by the Surgeon-Superintendent, Dr Patrick Smith, 1879 p 2
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Abolishing N/A
Administered The Mental Hygiene Act 1938
The Mental Health Act 1962
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The Ipswich Special Hospital had its origins as an extension of the Wolston Park Psychiatric Hospital. It was established at Sandy Galop, Ipswich, as a Branch Asylum to relieve overcrowding at Woogaroo on 1 July 1878. Fifty patients were settled there in the first few months. Mr P Broderick, who had been deputy Chief Warden at Woogaroo was placed in charge. The Surgeon-Superintendent, Dr Patrick Smith or his assistant visited the Ipswich Asylum twice a week. By 1883 the number of beds at Ipswich had grown to 100. Samuel Lewis was appointed Superintendent of the Asylum for the Insane, Sandy Galop, on 1 March 1884. The institution continued to be administered from Woogaroo (later known as Goodna, then Wolston Park) until 3 February 1910 when it became a separate institution and Dr Harold Foxton was appointed Medical-Superintendent.

In 1967, there was a change in focus in health services in Queensland and the Ipswich Special Hospital was reconstituted as the Challinor Centre for the training and care of the intellectually handicapped. It no longer functioned as a psychiatric hospital but provided training programmes to develop the capacity of those intellectually handicapped who were able to contribute to their own welfare in some measure and also to care for those profoundly incapacitated and in need of full nursing.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID2594, Ipswich Special Hospital
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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