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Series ID20333
Previous System Location 
TitleCharitable Institutions Files
Parent Series
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Start Date Circa 1/1/1906
End Date Circa 31/12/1997
Date Statement N/A
Date Notes N/A

Files of patients in charitable institutions whose estates were placed under the management of the Public Curator and succeeding agencies

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Items Total Items: 7923
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Departmental Numbers150 - 24048 (with gaps)
System of Arrangement Chrronological by admission number
How To Use Series Use the registers in series 20334 as indexes to locate the files of specific patients in this series. Note that the registers in series 20334 only go up to the end of 1979.

Creating Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
1170Public Curator Office, Brisbane 1/1/1916 1/1/1979
631Public Trust Office 1/1/1979 31/12/1991
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Access Category75 Years
Access ProcedurePermission to access restricted material by responsible agency
Agency Now Responsible
Agency ID: 631
Public Trust Office
Restriction DetailsDifferent Restricted Access Periods (RAPs) apply to some items in this series
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Related Series

Series IDTitleRelationship
20334Charitable institutions patient registersSeries 20334 serves as an index to series 20333
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The Charitable Institutions Management Act 1885 as amended by the Public Curator Act 1915 required the Public Curator to manage the estates of inmates of certain Public Institutions. This was repealed by The Homes for the Aged Act 1984, repealed by the Health Services Act 1991. Effectively, the authority to manage the patient's trust funds was then placed with the Manager of each Eventide home. The 1984 Act regionalised the health services and precluded the necessity to notify the Public Trust Office of admissions, however the Eventide homes continued to notify the Public Trust Office of resident deaths. Eventide Sandgate, in particular, also continued to send in admission and discharge notices.

The files predominantly contain admission and discharge forms, with any correspondence directly relevant to these forms attached to the file. Several of the files also contain correspondence relating to the Curator's management of property owned by patients, as well as wills, pensions and burial arrangements. The early files in particular sometimes include background information relating to the condition of the patient prior to their initial admission.

Charitable institution clients consisted mainly of aged and infirm residents in State Government homes (such as the various Eventide homes throughout the state) or asylums (such as Dunwich benevolent asylum), sometimes chronic alcoholics in the same institutions and also covered children committed to orphanages.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Series ID 20333, Charitable Institutions Files
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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