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Agency ID8455
TitleIpswich Hospital Board of Management / Ipswich Hospitals Board
Agency TypeHealth/Hospital Service
Start Date Circa 1/4/1856
End Date 1/7/1991
Date NotesN/A

Board of Management of the Ipswich Hospital

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Series IDTitleFromTo
21014Correspondence - Ipswich Hospital 1/1/1856 26/2/1972
21023Relief Applications and Payments - Ipswich Hospital 1/10/1866 31/12/1869
21019Reports and Returns - Ipswich Hospital Acting Committee 1/1/1867 31/12/1882
21021Bank Books - Ipswich Hospital 4/12/1868 30/6/1877
21022Store Books - Ipswich Hospital 1/3/1872 28/2/1883
21016Rules, Bye-laws and Acts - Ipswich Hospital 30/9/1874 31/12/1892
21020Medical Reports - Ipswich Hospital 1/1/1883 31/12/1883
21015Admission Books - Ipswich Hospital 16/3/1883 13/10/1885
21017Annual Reports - Ipswich Hospital 1/1/1886 30/6/1956
21018Medical Superintendent Reports - Ipswich Hospital 1/7/1895 28/2/1908
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
1161Colonial Secretary's Office, New South Wales 1/4/1856 10/12/1859
107Colonial Secretary's Office 10/12/1859 6/8/1896
123Home Secretary's Office 6/8/1896 5/12/1935
126Health and Home Affairs Department 5/12/1935 26/9/1963
105Department of Health 26/9/1963 1/7/1991
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Information Sources

NSW Votes and Proceedings 1857, Estimates for 1858, p.938
Patrick, Ross 1987, "A History of Health & Medicine in Queensland 1824 - 1960", University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, p.105
Queensland Government Gazette 14 July 1860, No 41, p.232
Queensland Government Gazette 14 March 1936, Vol CXLVI, No 71, p.1031
Queensland Government Gazette 23 May 1936, Vol CXLVL, No 147, p.1928
The Queensland Times (Ipswich) 28 May 1936, 'Extra Meeting', p.6
West Moreton Hospital and Health Service, Annual Report 2012-2013, p.7
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing Health Services Act 1991
Administered Hospitals Acts 1923
Hospitals Acts 1936-1982
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Like many other early public hospitals, the local community initiated the establishment of the Ipswich public hospital through the formation of a Provisional Hospital Committee, elected at a meeting held at the Ipswich court-house in April 1856. This committee wrote to the Colonial Secretary requesting that funding for land, building and furnishing the new hospital at Ipswich be granted. These requests were successful, appearing in the estimates of the Votes and Proceedings of the new Legislative Assembly (NSW). Despite some delays, the new hospital opened in1860, accepting its first patient on the 3rd of March. The Hospital was formally incorporated into the Hospitals Act on the14th of July,1860.

To afford relief to the sick of Ipswich and the surrounding district, and supply, as far as possible, the want of a benevolent institution (Ipswich Hospital Annual Report, 1890). In line with the growth of the population within the city and the surrounding areas, the hospital has continually expanded the range of hospital and medical services provided to meet current needs.

The hospital's board of management was elected annually by the hospital's subscribers, citizens who paid an annual subscription which entitled them the privilege of voting. Elected positions consisted of a president, a treasurer, a committee of twelve, and the honorary medical officers of the hospital. From the elected board members, five members were elected at half-yearly intervals to form an acting-committee, of which the president and treasurer were ex officio members. Colonel Gray was elected as the first president of the Ipswich Hospital Board of Management.

The hospital's voluntary board was reconstituted in May 1936, with control for the institution handed over to a new governmental controlled Ipswich Hospitals District administration, the 'Ipswich Hospitals Board', charged with the maintenance, management and regulation of all hospitals within the district's geographical catchment.

On 1 July 1991, under the "Health Services Act 1991" hospital boards were abolished and administration of the Ipswich Hospital became the responsibility of the West Moreton Regional Health Authority, later the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID8455, Ipswich Hospital Board of Management / Ipswich Hospitals Board
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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