Though not so good for the ancestor, for the family history researcher discovering that an ancestor was hospitalised is great, as hospital records can provide a lot of information. Early records of the Adelaide Hospital (later the Royal Adelaide Hospital) include many of the following details:
The public health system included not only the sick but also the destitute and the mentally disabled. The early destitute and asylum records are full of interesting information, such as:
Records for Government run hospitals and institutions are kept at State Records of South Australia; these include:
Wounded soldiers photographed in their hospital beds, 1919. To learn more about this photograph click here.
Records for Government run hospitals and institutions are kept at State Records of South Australia, however the State Library does hold copies of very early destitute records and has indexes to various other hospital related records.
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