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Agency No. 1223
Agency Title  WHITBY FALLS HOSPITAL
Start Date  1 Jan 1897
End Date  1 Jan 1972
Category  Hospital
Creating Legislation  Lunacy Act 1871; Lunacy Act 1903; Inebriates Act 1912
Agency Description  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).

 
Preceding Agencies 
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Succeeding Agencies 
1224 WHITBY FALLS HOSTEL 1 Jan 1972 ~   Detail
 
Superior Agencies 
34 CENTRAL BOARD OF HEALTH 1 Jan 1897 ~ 1 Jun 1911   Detail
35 PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA 1 Jun 1911 ~ 1 Jan 1950   Detail
125 MENTAL HOSPITALS DEPARTMENT 1 Jan 1950 ~ 1 Jan 1954   Detail
126 MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES 1 Jan 1954 ~ 1 Jan 1972   Detail
 
Subordinate Agencies 
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Functions exercised by this agency 
3 HEALTH 1 Jan 1897 ~ 1 Jan 1972   Detail
 
Record series created by this agency 
2085 PATIENT ADMISSION REGISTERS 11 May 1897 ~ 1 Jan 1972   Detail
2086 PATIENT DISCHARGE REGISTER 13 Feb 1904 ~ 1 Jan 1972   Detail
2128 MEDICAL JOURNALS 7 Jan 1904 ~ 1 Jan 1972   Detail
2169 PATIENT ADDRESS REGISTER 22 Feb 1915 ~ 24 Jun 1965   Detail
2170 VISITORS REGISTER 22 Feb 1904 ~ 28 Oct 1970   Detail
2365 STAFF MEALS REGISTERS 2 Mar 1929 ~ 1 Jan 1972   Detail
2366 STAFF ROSTER REGISTERS 12 Mar 1955 ~ 1 Jan 1972   Detail
2367 STAMP BOOK 4 Jul 1901 ~ 27 Oct 1960   Detail
2369 EXPENDITURE REGISTER 1 Jan 1904 ~   Detail
2370 REVENUE AND EXPENDITURE REGISTER 7 Jan 1911 ~ 29 Jul 1912   Detail
2374 ATTENDANT REGISTERS 17 Feb 1912 ~ 24 Feb 1913   Detail



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