|A typical hospital admission register|
People born in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, America, Canada and other parts of the world appear in Queensland hospital admission registers. Biographical details supplied by the patient are often more complete and more accurate than those on certificates. A hospital register is sometimes the only surviving source of information about the ship on which a person arrived.
Many people spent time in a hospital far from their home. This applies especially to Brisbane (a large hospital capable of handling difficult cases), Cooktown (with many miners and sailors from ships in port) and Croydon (people came here from everywhere during the local gold rush).
The registers for Brisbane General Hospital, Brisbane Prison Hospital, and hospitals at Burketown, Cooktown, Croydon, Ingham, Muttaburra and Roma, are printed volumes with space for these details:
- date admitted
- birthplace (town, State/county and country)
- ship of arrival
- how long in the colony
- last place of residence
- marital status
- place of marriage, at what age, and name of spouse
- names and ages of children living; number and gender of children deceased
- father's name and occupation
- father's present residence if living (or 'father dead')
- mother's maiden name
- disease or reason for admission
- date of discharge, or date and cause of death
- remarks (which may include medical history, social circumstances etc.)
Some Brisbane registers also give details of employment, wages, other sources of income, other wage-earners in the family, property, membership of clubs or benefit societies, and names and addresses of relatives or friends.
Note the provision for ship of arrival, place of residence, marital status, and father's present residence - details not found on a Queensland death certificate.
A few hospital records exist for other towns such as Mackay and Toowoomba, but they are less informative.
Dates of surviving registers and where to find them, plus thousands of names from my indexes to hospital records, are on my main Web site. Even if you don't think your family were ever in Queensland, follow this link to check the lists of names from Queensland hospital admission registers. Many people have been surprised by what they've found!