Research Publications

Asylum Staff Cricket Team

James Neilson BRADLEY (1868–1943)James BRADLEY was born in Sandhurst (Bendigo), one of seven children of William BRADLEY and Jane NEILSON. In 1892 he married Ida Emily SCOPES and they had three children, all born in Beechworth. He had a short […]

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Award for Excellence

We’re very proud to announce this article was awarded the Inclusive Museum International Award for Excellence: Collections from the Asylum in 2024. Building on the success of the exhibition Collections from the Asylum in 2020 held at the Albury Library

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Stigma, shame & family secrets

Stigma, shame and family secrets as consequences of mental illness in previous generations: A micro-history approach Abstract: In this article we evaluate micro-history as a method for investigating the meaning of stigma, shame and family secrets through generations. We present

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Experimental Treatments

This article investigates new and experimental medical treatments used to cure ‘maternal insanity’ in women committed to Victorian psychiatric institutions between 1920 and 1936. Close examination of the women’s clinical files reveals the use of numerous treatments, vaccines, and tests

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Lessons from the past

Lessons from the past: Family involvement in patient admission and discharge, Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, 1900–1912 In this study, document analysis is used to examine case books from the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum with the aim of determining the extent of family

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