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Lunatic asylums and Indigenous Australians during the nineteenth century
journal contributionposted on 2023-04-02, 23:54 authored by Toby Raeburn, Julie BradshawJulie Bradshaw, Odette Best, Michelle ClearyMichelle Cleary
Lunatic asylums formed part of the civic infrastructure that was constructed out of British colonists invading and subsequently colonising unceded, Indigenous Australian lands during the eighteenth and nineteenth century. This historical narrative examined nineteenth century primary and secondary sources including, patient lists, medical files, and government correspondence, to provide insight into the experiences of Indigenous Australians admitted to Australia’s earliest lunatic asylums. Awareness that lunatic asylums formed part of the structure imposed during colonisation, provides nurses and other health professionals with greater historical literacy regarding the impact of colonial lunatic asylums on Indigenous Australians. Such impacts continue to be experienced through transgenerational trauma and emphasise the importance of culturally safe mental health services.
Number of Pages9
PublisherInforma UK Limited
Cultural WarningThis research output may contain the images, voices or names of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander or First Nations people now deceased. We apologize for any distress that may occur.
External Author AffiliationsUniversity of Notre Dame; University of Southern Queensland