Monthly Archives: October 2015

Willow Court Open?

This morning Willow Court had its first event in the old Bronte Ward called the “Lyons Community Breakfast. The site officially remains closed for conservation work. Tours, or any sort of access for the general public hasn’t been available. This … Continue reading

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Senate inquiry: Violence, abuse and neglect of people with a disability.

We have recently learnt that some people have made submissions to the Senate Inquiry while living at the former Lachlan Park Hospital and Royal Derwent Hospital. Further submissions from people with disability or mental health conditions are sought by 11 … Continue reading

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Lectures for Attendants and Nurses, 1921 book

Picture of the front cover. Click picture to open the book. This book is now scanned and available for you to read. This extremely rare publication contains the information for staff at the Mental Diseases Hospital, New Norfolk to carry … Continue reading

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Mystery Solved

Our facebook community are so good. On the weekend I was contacted and sent a picture of a old metal chest with the name MAJ C Boland Royal Derwent Hospital, New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia painted clearly on the top. The … Continue reading

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Suicide at New Norfolk, Patient hangs himself. 1916, inquest hears evidence.

Another personal story. This is a 1916 news report of a sad, but important history of the hospital and it’s people. The Coroner heard evidence of the death of Edwin Charles Walters.

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Australian Research Council Linkage Projects Funding Proposal – Willow Court

  “The project proposed by Ms Burke will investigate the archaeology of Willow Court, using material research, historical research and looking at the sociological perspective of the site . There will be a public archaeology program that will use the … Continue reading

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Thank you to George H, Staff & Patients.

By Lawrence Edward Cullen from his book “Royal Derwent Hospital, past to present 1936-1978” Pictured above; the Woolworths store while under construction which sits on the recreation oval. The wall that is described is behind the store.

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Books donated to Willow Court

Friends Of Willow Court Chairwoman, Anne Salt yesterday received four books from Russell Penman the Ex CEO and Director of Nursing of the Willow Court Centre 1990-96. The books dated back to when the institutions was called “Mental Diseases Hospital, … Continue reading

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AGM of the Friends of Willow Court meeting

Last Wednesday I attended the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Friends of Willow Court (FoWC) held at the Derwent Valley Community House. The meeting went normally with elections of the Committee and reports given by office bearers. The Chairwoman read … Continue reading

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Willow Court; Museums times three??

The Mayor and or the Derwent Valley Council has approved or given approval for three museums in the last 4 years at Willow Court, two are in the Council’s owned areas, The Barracks and Frascati House and the latest endorsement … Continue reading

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