Greenplace was a government-run facility, established in Mosman Park in 1914 as an annexe of the Claremont Hospital for the Insane. It admitted female psychiatric patients, possibly including adolescents with intellectual disabilities. From 1946 until it closed in 1979, Greenplace was a hostel for female psychiatric patients.
Greenplace was established in 1914 as an annexe of the Claremont Hospital for the Insane. It is possible that adolescent girls and young women were admitted to Greenplace.
Greenplace was described in the 'Report and Appendices of the Royal Commission in Lunacy' in 1922 as being in a private house that had once been used as a hospital for 'female inebriates'.
When Greenplace was visited by the Royal Commission, there were 15 'quiet and convalescent' female patients who did 'a great deal of the housework and mending of clothes'. The house and its location overlooking the Swan River were said to be 'charming' but the access for patients was 'somewhat difficult'. The house itself was 'comfortable' but needed 'certain repairs'. The Commissioners thought Greenplace should and could take more and a greater variety of patients if 'a better heating system and shower baths' were installed.
Sources used to compile this entry: Report and appendices of the Royal Commission in lunacy, Royal Commissions Held in Western Australia, Parliament of Western Australia, 21 September 1922, http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au/intranet/libpages.nsf/WebFiles/Royal+Commissions+-+Report+and+appendices+of+the+royal+commission+in+lunacy/$FILE/Report+and+appendices+of+the+royal+commission+in+lunacy.pdf; 'AU WA A246 - Greenplace Hostel', in State Records Office of Western Australia - Organisations & People, State Records Office of Western Australia, 2015, https://archive.sro.wa.gov.au/index.php/greenplace-hostel-au-wa-a246.
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 18 April 2013, Last modified: 12 November 2018