Monthly Archives: November 2013

Merry Christmas Willow Court – Restoration underway.

“The Development Application (DA) has been approved and we are organising contracts and arranging for the work to be undertaken as per the DA documentation.  Some specialist works are already underway.  Asbestos has been removed from the buildings.  Should be quite … Continue reading

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The Barracks west wing extention

I am attempting to find out what the lean-to (pictured below) which was attached to the outside wall of the Barracks was used for. I have a photo which is of the heavy security steel door on the inside which lines … Continue reading

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Back brace RDH

This back brace was from Ward 3 of Royal Derwent Hospital. The brace is formed from material covered metal in the centre two supports. Most of the specialist equipment was made on site by the hospital’s own trades people. This could … Continue reading

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Royal Derwent Hospital Siren (New podcast)

When the siren went off at RDH Tasmania at the asylum, the local community knew what to do, children and adults ran indoors and waited until the siren sounded again to indicate the all clear. What was this about? The … Continue reading

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Troubled Asylum record prices

A copy of Troubled Asylum, second edition sold on EBay for $155 on Sunday. This reprinted book was first released as a hard copy in 1981. Resent prices for the hard copy version (1981) have reached selling prices of over … Continue reading

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Educational Audio Tour

Last week a student group from Fahan School visited Willow Court and used the podcasts on our website to inform themselves about the people history of Willow Court. The curriculum area “Introduction to Psychology and Sociology” was prepared and arranged by Fahan … Continue reading

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Lachlan Park Hospital short film of Ward 10

This short film shows Ward 10 with its high, double fences and outer perimeter security system. There is a clear shot of the Ha Ha wall and dry moat which has since been filled in with waste. This footage, it … Continue reading

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A personal story

My name is ********* and I worked at Royal Derwent from 1967 to 1978 and enjoyed my time in that position. It was sad at times but very rewarding as well. I know it makes us sad to think of … Continue reading

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Facebook group hits over 300 members

The Willow Court Advocacy Group’s Facebook group has now climbed to over 300 members and the Facebook page has over 100 members. This is a great support for Willow Court and the sensitive restoration of the social and physical history. Help … Continue reading

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