State Records Office of WA SROWA

Government of Western Australia, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

AU WA A1223 - WHITBY FALLS HOSPITAL

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Legal Status Text

Hospital

Authorized form of name

WHITBY FALLS HOSPITAL

Other form(s) of name

Description identifier

AU WA A1223

Description area

Dates of existence

1897-01-01 - 1972-01-01

History

A one thousand acre property for Whitby Falls Hospital was purchased from a William Paterson by the State government in 1897 for the sum of 7, 000 pounds. Fremantle Asylum by this time had become over-crowded and it was decided to move some psychiatric patients to Whitby Falls. The farmhouse on the property was renovated to accomodate 50 patients and the first 12 patients were placed there on 12 July 1897.

Despite a proclamation on 12 September 1900 declaring Whitby Falls an asylum, it was eventually deemed too remote a location and a new asylum was built at Claremont instead.

Whitby Falls Hospital became an auxiliary to Claremont Hospital and a cooperative dairy farm and cattle breeding program was implemented by the two hospitals.

In 1914, Whitby Falls was gazetted a home for male alcoholics under the Inebriates Act 1912. The Hospital reverted again to take psychiatric patients from Claremont in 1918.

Due to the small number of patients at Whitby Falls Hospital, the Under Secretary declared in 1932 that "as an institution Whitby hardly justified it's existence (financially)" and it was declared "first and foremost a farm". Whitby's agricultural program was used as occupational therapy and rehabilitation for patients placed there but it also became a profitable operation that included poultry, dairy, vegetable, orchard, piggery and beef production.

In 1958, the government built a new hospital on the grounds of Whitby Falls. The original farmhouse was left unused until demolition in 1971.

In 1972, Claremont Hospital was divided into Graylands Hospital and Swanbourne Hospital. Whitby Falls became an annexe to Graylands and was de-gazetted from being an approved hospital to a hostel. The Armadale Health Service supplied psychiatric and allied health services to the hostel from the 1980's.

(Administrative history reference: Mental Hospitals Department, "Whitby Falls Mental Hospital, Control and Development of", file 23/1964, State Records Office of WA, consignment 3614).

Places

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Creation: Lunacy Act 1871; Lunacy Act 1903; Inebriates Act 1912

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

AU WA A1224 - WHITBY FALLS HOSTEL (1972-01-01 -)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A1224

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1972-01-01 -

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A126 - MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES (1954-01-01 - 1984-07-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A126

Category of the relationship

Superior

Dates of the relationship

1954-01-01 - 1972-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A125 - MENTAL HOSPITALS DEPARTMENT (1950-01-01 - 1954-01-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A125

Category of the relationship

Superior

Dates of the relationship

1950-01-01 - 1954-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A35 - PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (1911-06-01 - 1984-06-30)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A35

Category of the relationship

Superior

Dates of the relationship

1911-06-01 - 1950-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A34 - CENTRAL BOARD OF HEALTH (1886-11-17 - 1911-05-31)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A34

Category of the relationship

Superior

Dates of the relationship

1897-01-01 - 1911-06-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A543 - CLAREMONT MENTAL HOSPITAL (1903-08-01 - 1972)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A543

Category of the relationship

Related

Dates of the relationship

1903-01-01 - 1972-01-01

Description of relationship

Related function

Related unit of description

Series S2085 - PATIENT ADMISSION REGISTERS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1897-05-11 - 1972-01-01

Related unit of description

Series S2086 - PATIENT DISCHARGE REGISTER

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1904-02-13 - 1972-01-01

Related unit of description

Series S2365 - STAFF MEALS REGISTERS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1929-03-02 - 1972-01-01

Related unit of description

Series S2366 - STAFF ROSTER REGISTERS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1955-03-12 - 1972-01-01

Related unit of description

Series S2367 - STAMP BOOK

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1901-07-04 - 1960-10-27

Related unit of description

Series S2369 - EXPENDITURE REGISTER

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1904-01-01 -

Related unit of description

Series S2370 - REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE REGISTER

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1911-01-07 - 1912-07-29

Related unit of description

Series S2374 - ATTENDANT REGISTERS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1912-02-17 - 1913-02-24

Related unit of description

Series S2128 - MEDICAL JOURNALS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1904-01-07 - 1972-01-01

Related unit of description

Series S2169 - PATIENT ADDRESS REGISTER

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1915-02-22 - 1965-06-24

Related unit of description

Series S2170 - VISITORS REGISTER

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1904-02-22 - 1970-10-28

Related unit of description

Series S4864 - FARM RECORDS - CLAREMONT MENTAL HOSPITAL

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

Related unit of description

Series S4867 - VARIOUS RECORDS - MENTAL HEALTH HOSPITALS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

Control area

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Final

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Sources

Archivist's notes

Accompanying the transfer of records from Whitby Falls were 4 framed photographs relating to the hospital: Family Group outside the Cook's House (1940's); Woodpile outside Kitchen (1940's); Old Stable (1971); Dining Room and Kitchen prior to demolition (1971). These are copies and are not designated as archives, however, they may be useful for display purposes. They are currently stored with other display material in the 4th floor archives stack.Damien Hassan, 18/02/2004.