Monthly Archives: December 2013

2013 Report Card

The biggest news story for the year would have to be the start of the physical restoration of the Barracks and Bronte Ward. Although the Derwent Valley Council have reported that “The former psychiatric institution is recognised as having significant … Continue reading

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Nurse Miss Evelyn Rose Morey M.B.E

About the same time as Millbrook Rise opened in 1934 Matron Jane Power M.B.E handed in her resignation from the position of Matron. Miss Evelyn Rose Morey AANS (pictured left) was then appointed as Matron of  Mental Diseases Hospital New Norfolk and served … Continue reading

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Security in place at Willow Court

A new security site office is now located on the grounds of Frascati House, although empty tonight it looks promising and may protect Frascati and the Barracks from arson attacks. The resent loss of the Oval Change rooms (Change room … Continue reading

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Window Saved

The window from Esperance Ward was saved by a concerned person when they found it partially damaged and removed from the window frame a year ago. This window is a unique piece as it has the chew marks from one of … Continue reading

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Vandalism continues

Vandalism continues to be a problem on both privately owned buildings at Willow Court. The oval wards and the old nurses home have been written on, “I’m Sorry” appears on the external wall of Derwent Ward which faces the Avenue. … Continue reading

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Disability History Month: Unpacking medieval myths

BBC Disability History Month “Delving into disabled people’s social history can help us understand modern attitudes to disability, argues Richard Rieser, coordinator of the UK’s annual Disability History Month.”   I really like this concept and think that this is … Continue reading

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Spring Growth on Tasmania’s oldest Grape Vine.

The Friends of Frascati have been busy tending the gardens around Frascati house and with so much rain fall everything is looking very lush and green including the old grape vine. Still yet to be identified as a particular variety. … Continue reading

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Change rooms up in flames in day light hours.

Yesterday the old change rooms on the oval precinct went up in flames during the day sparking concern in the near by Woolworths Supermarket as shoppers went about their business. These were going to be removed to make way for … Continue reading

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Restoration update

From Brett Noble, Senior Project Officer Willow Court. As many would have noticed, there is currently considerably activity at The Barracks. Over the last couple of weeks, all the windows facing into The Barracks courtyard have been restored to working … Continue reading

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Nominations: Willow Court Conservation Committee

The following is a notice from the Derwent Valley Council. We would like to think that the word “local” means Tasmanian community that was served by Willow Court. We hope that a narrow vision is not trying to discriminate based … Continue reading

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