Communications Officer Tara Oldfield

Author: Tara Oldfield

Communications Officer

Did someone in your family tree train as a nurse between 1910 and 1964?

New to our collection, as part of a major Department of Health and Human Services records transfer, are nurse training books from Fairfield. Contained within the four volumes that make up the series you can find entries close entries Definition A row in a list, such a list of search results.  If an entry can be selected for an action, check boxes will be displayed next to each row.  Entries can be selected individually, or all at once by ticking the ‘All’ check box. for nurses in training including:
•    Name
•    Age
•    Address
•    Educational qualifications
•    Training details
•    Comments from Tutors and Matrons
•    Some also include photographs of the nurses in uniform.

 

Trainee nurse Pywell

The two-page entry for Lilian Maud Pywell can be found within the first volume close volume Definition In PROV’s system, any book of any size, including very large books (e.g. rate books and court registers), hard-cover books, soft-cover books (e.g. exercise books) and loose-leaf folders (e.g. lever-arch, ring and spring binders) are referred to as a volume. of the series. You can see from this entry the valuable information that researchers can find including the address of her parents, courses she has taken and even a staff photograph. Some of the topics of the lectures that Lilian attended include general nursing, hygiene, infectious diseases and administration. But it’s the second page of Lilian’s entry that provides the most detail into Lilian’s time as a trainee nurse. According to the Sister, Lilian was:

“Quick, methodical, punctual, studious, receptive, neat and obedient. Rather nervous disposition but very sensible, quiet and conscientious. Should make a very good nurse.”

Within the Ward Sisters’ reports you can see that Lilian is patient and kind, though “too short.” “Too short” is a comment peppered throughout the volume. It’s unclear whether the sister in charge means that the period Lilian was under her watch was too short for her to judge performance, or whether she considers Lilian in fact to be too short in height!

photo of the record



Trainee nurse Young

Jean was only 18 when she began as a trainee nurse having had a previous job as a clerk. Again you can see the address of her guardian, education and photograph. The Tutor Sister’s Report states:

“Nurse Young has been very keen and interested and has done good work during the term.” Also “Reliable, energetic, keen. Theatre work excellent.”

The notes end in 1947 when she “finished and left.” 
 

photo of the record


Trainee nurse Collins

The only male nurse within volume one is returned soldier Reginald William Collins who had previously held a secretarial position before training as a nurse at 26 years old. His record isn’t as full and detailed as the other entries, with only five courses listed under lectures and examinations. The Ward Sister wrote:

“I found Nurse Collins eager to learn and very conscientious. Is a very willing worker, and is most anxious to learn. Cheerful. Kind to patients. In my opinion he lacks that sense of kindness and finish in his work which seems to come natural to most female nurses.”

According to The Herald, Collins was the first male nurse at Fairfield!  

“Nurse Collins was taken prisoner of war in Malaya, and worked on the Burma-Siam railway… Commenting on nursing as a career for men, Scalpel, the Melbourne Hospital Journal, asks whether they will be known as sister or brother?”

It is noted he finished training and left on the 17th of March 1947.

close up of his photo


 

photo of the record


Department of Health and Human Services records

The nurse training books were part of a four-year transfer of records from the Department of Health and Human Services' Bourke Street facility.

This transfer project was one of the largest ever undertaken at PROV, with even more records still to come! The project included records from a wide variety of former mental health institutions, youth training centres and children's homes. Given the records contain personal information about vulnerable persons, many of the transferred records are currently closed to the public. 

However the nurse training books as well as some patient case books, policies and procedures, photographs, drawings and press clippings are currently open and available to order close order Definition Physical records can be ordered for viewing in PROV’s reading rooms.  When a user orders a record, it is reserved solely for their use. and view in our Reading Room. 
 

photo album
One of the photo albums contained within the Langi Kal-Kal Youth Training Centre Photographs, Drawings and Press Clippings, VPRS 17965 P1 Unit 2

 

inside photo album showing photo of sheep outside a house
One of the photo albums contained within the Langi Kal-Kal Youth Training Centre Photographs, Drawings and Press Clippings, VPRS 17965 P1 Unit 2

 

photos of nurses training
A page from within an album in Photographs and Memorabilia Ararat, VPRS 18223 P1 Unit 1

 

The full list of open or part open series recently transferred from the Department of Health and Human Services is as follows:
 

Mental health institutions and specialist hospitals

Agency number and name

Series name

Date range

Series number

Access

VA 2841 Ararat (Asylum 1867-1905; Hospital for the Insane 1905-1934; Mental Hospital 1934-1993; Training Centre 1966-1993;  Ararat Forensic Psychiatry Centre 1991-1997; Training Centre and Mental Hospital known as non-statutory name of Aradale)

Discharge Register of Patients

1867-1966

VPRS 17790

Part Open

Seclusion Register

1869-1881?

VPRS 18137

Open

Index to Discharge Register of Patients

1867-1882

VPRS 18139

Open

Admission and Discharge Register of Patients

1867-1918

VPRS 18140

Part Open

Outward Letter Books

1884-1939

VPRS 18159

Open

Register of Inward Correspondence

1872-1953

VPRS 18160

Open

Circular and Memorandum Book

1900-1922

VPRS 18161

Open

Administration Outward Letter Books

1868-1939

VPRS 18162

Open

VA 2844 Ballarat (Asylum 1877-1879; 1893-1905; Hospital for the Insane 1905-1934; Mental Hospital 1934-1969; Lakeside Hospital 1969-1996)

 

VA 2843 Sunbury (Asylum 1879-1905;  Hospital for the Insane 1905-1934;  Mental Hospital 1934-1962; Mental Hospital/Training Centre 1962-1985; Caloola Training Centre 1985-1992)

 

Case Books of Male Patients

1879-1912

VPRS 7405

Open

VA 2844 Ballarat (Asylum 1877-1879; 1893-1905; Hospital for the Insane 1905-1934; Mental Hospital 1934-1969; Lakeside Hospital 1969-1996)

 

Case Books of Female Patients

1898-1912

VPRS 7407

Open

Nominal Register of Patients (Dana Receiving House)

1912-1928

VPRS 17806

Part Open

Receiving House Outpatients Case Book

1919-1920

VPRS 18136

Open

VA 2842 Beechworth (Asylum 1867-1905; Hospital for the Insane 1905-1934; Mental Hospital 1934-1967; Mayday Hills Mental Hospital 1967-1991; Mayday Hills Psychiatric Hospital 1978-1995)

Case Books of Male Patients                                  

1872-1879

VPRS 7395

Open

Case Books of Female Patients

1867-1878

VPRS 7396

Open

Annual Examinations of Patients

1889-1918

VPRS 7410

Open

Admission and Discharge Register of Patients

1867-1991

VPRS 17846

Part Open

Discharge Register of Patients

1869-1938

VPRS 17851

Part Open

Index to Case Books of Male Patients

1867-1912

VPRS 17911

Open

Nominal Register of Female Patients

1880-1941

VPRS 17913

Open

Patient Discharge Comments Book

1896-1921

VPRS 17914

Open

Ward Books of Male Patients

1867-1921

VPRS 17919

Part Open

Guest Book: Centenary Event

1967

VPRS 17925

Open

Rules and Orders Books

1877-1960

VPRS 17927

Open

Minute Books: Various Hospital Committees

1952-1977

VPRS 17928

Open

Casualty Book

1879-1920

VPRS 17929

Open

Register of Patients

1867-1929

VPRS 17930

Open

Pharmaceutical Prescription and Dosage Books

1867-1938

VPRS 17932

Open

Observation Ward Report Books: Male Patients

1906-1947

VPRS 18101

Part Open

Restraint and Seclusion Registers

1867-1932

VPRS 18102

Part Open

Indexes to Case Books and Clinical Notes

c1867-1953?

VPRS 18130

Open

Register of Complaints Against Staff

1869-1902

VPRS 18154

Part Open

Register of Inward Correspondence

1922-1968

VPRS 18155

Open

Outward Letter Books

1936-1937

VPRS 18156

Part Open

Register of Inward Correspondence, Telegrams

1907-1930

VPRS 18158

Open

School of Nursing Training Administration Files

1940-1987

VPRS 18221

Open

VA 1231 Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital (previously known as Queen's Memorial Hospital/Fever Hospital 1890-1918; Queen's Memorial Infectious Diseases Hospital 1919-1947; Fairfield Hospital 1948-1969; Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital ?1970-1996)

 

Statistical Register of Patient Admissions, Discharges and Deaths

1957-1981

VPRS 17794

Open

Nurse Training Records

1910-1964

VPRS 18163

Part Open

VA 5082 Larundel (Mental Hospital 1953-1991; Receiving House 1953-1959; Psychiatric Hospital 1959-1999)

Admission Procedures and Correspondence Register (Larundel Psychiatric Hospital)

1965-1966

VPRS 17827

Open

Nominal Register of Patients: Military Patients

1918-1939

VPRS 17869

Open

VA 2846 Mont Park (Hospital for the Insane 1912-1934; Mental Hospital 1934-1991; Psychiatric Hospital 1971-1991)

Physical Condition on Admission Register: Female Patients

1924-1935

VPRS 18141

Open

Patient Movement Register

1929-1935

VPRS 18153

Open

Statistical Register of Patients and Staff

1929-1948

VPRS 18191

Open

VA 2845 Royal Park (Receiving House 1907-1959; Hospital for the Insane 1909-1934; Mental Hospital 1934-1954; Psychiatric Hospital 1959-1999)

Admission and Discharge Register of Patients: Recommended Patients (Royal Park Receiving House, Royal Park Psychiatric Hospital)

1909-1941

VPRS 17882

Part Open

Admission and Discharge Register of Patients (Royal Park Hospital for the Insane, Royal Park Mental Hospital)

1909-1941

VPRS 17893

Part Open

Orders to Remand a Person in a Receiving House or Ward

1927-1953

VPRS 17933

Part Open

Case Books: Female Patients (Royal Park Receiving House)

1910-1911

VPRS 18132

Open

Case Books: Male Patients (Royal Park Receiving House)

1907-1917

VPRS 18133

Open

Case Books: Female Patients (Royal Park Hospital for the Insane)

1909-1912

VPRS 18134

Open

Case Books: Male Patients (Royal Park Hospital for the Insane)

1909-1912

VPRS 18135

Open

Outward Letter Book: Military Patients

1916-1917

VPRS 18165

Open

 

Youth training centres

Agency number and name

Series name

Date range

Series number

Access

VA 2545 Langi Kal-Kal Youth Training Centre (previously Male Reformatory Prison 1950 to 1965)

 

Policy and Procedures Manuals

1985-1991

VPRS 17958

Open

Photographs, Drawings and Press Clippings

1951-1993

VPRS 17965

Open

VA 5116 Parkville Youth Residential Centre (part of the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct from 2009-ct) (also known as Melbourne Youth Residential Centre)

 

Program Files

1988-2005

VPRS 18077

Open

VA 971 Turana Youth Training Centre (previously known as Turana Reception Centre 1955-1968; Turana Juvenile School 1957-1962)

 

Instruction Manuals, Procedures and Management Reports

1960-1992

VPRS 17991

Open

VA 5093 Winlaton Youth Training Centre (formerly Winlaton Juvenile School 1956-1962)

 

 

Triad Training and Group Work Manual 

c1980-c1980

VPRS 18004

Open

Program and Procedural Manuals and Reports

1977-1991

VPRS 18014

Open

Superintendent's Subject Files 

1965-1990

VPRS 18024

Part Open

Summary Grant Cards

1984-1991

VPRS 18060

Open

VA 5093 Winlaton Youth Training Centre (formerly Winlaton Juvenile School 1956-1962)

 

VA 5214 Nunawading Youth Residential Centre

Rave Magazines 

1976-1992

VPRS 18019

Open

 

Children's homes and disability centres

Agency number and name

Series name

Date range

Series number

Access

VA 5033 Allambie Reception Centre

Photographs, Newspaper Cuttings and Ephemera

1940-1991

VPRS 17972

Open

VA5118 Pleasant Creek (Pleasant Creek Colony 1937-1969; Pleasant Creek Training Centre 1969-1999)

 

Employee History Cards

1937-1993

VPRS 18118

Part Open

 

Departmental records

Agency number and name

Series name

Date range

Series number

Access

VA 1467 Children's Welfare Department 1924-1961 (previously known as Department for Neglected Children 1887-1924), Chief Secretary's Department

 

VA 2784 Social Welfare Branch, Chief Secretary's Department

 

Street Trading Board Minute Book

1932-1970

VPRS 18192

Open

VA 1028 Department of Youth, Sport and Recreation

Policy Files, Office of Youth Affairs

1956-1985

VPRS 18076

Open

VA 2838 Mental Hygiene Authority

 

VA 692 Mental Health Authority

 

Minute Book

1952-1978

VPRS 18225

Open

Committee Minutes

1952-1978

VPRS 18227

Open

VA 2838 Mental Hygiene Authority

 

Subject Index to Minutes (VPRS 18225)

1952-1974

VPRS 18226

Open

Various

Registers of Inward Correspondence

1932-1972

VPRS 7470

Open

Various

Residential Institutions, Building Records, Site Maps and Plans

 

1951-1998

VPRS 17986

Open

Various

Trainee Management Forms and Procedures (Sample Only)

1990-1996

VPRS 17948

Open

Various

Voluntary Children's Homes Files

1919-1990

VPRS 18069

Part Open

Various

Departmental Children's Homes Files

1954-1987

VPRS 18072

Part Open

 

Simply enter the series name into search to find and order these records.