- 1950 - 1969 (Accumulation)
- 1921-01-11 - 1993-12-31 (Creation)
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Following an amendment to the Lunacy Act 1903 in 1920, a Board of Visitors system was introduced in Western Australia for the protection of patients in psychiatric hospitals.
A Board of Visitors was established for each mental institution in the State. Each Board consisted of two medical practitioners, one lawyer, one male and one female lay person. The Boards were empowered to enquire into the workings of the hospital, make recommendations and also had authority to discharge patients. The Boards operated independantly of the Public Health Department as well as the hospital which the Board visited. The Boards provided an independant avenue to patients who were concerned about their rights or welfare.
The Board of Visitors system was replaced by the Council of Official Visitors following the introduction of the Mental Health Act 1996.
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Minutes of meetings of the Board of Visitors for the Claremont Mental Hospital.
The minutes contain references to patients admitted to the Claremont Mental Hospital.
Items 4, 5 and 6 have Chief Secretary's Department face sheets and file numbers. The correspondence files of the Chief Secretary's Departments - Record Series No. 675 - contain a collection of minutes from the Board of Visitors for different mental hospitals. This series therefore complements those Board of Visitor minutes contained in Record Series No. 675 (Item 1931/0440 - Minutes for 1931-1935; Item 1935/0696 - Minutes for 1935-1940; Item 1961/0038 - Minutes for 1960-1963)
A further file containing Board of Visitors minutes for Claremont Mental Hospital is listed in the correspondence files of the Public Health Department at Record Series No. 268 (Item 1970/1072 - Minutes for 1963-1966).
(The Minutes in this Record Series were previously listed at the State Records Office at reference: AN 120/12; Accession 1547).