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Western Australia - Organisation

Greenplace (1914 - 1979)

  • Green Place on the Swan River, Mosman Park

    Green Place on the Swan River, Mosman Park, c. 1920, courtesy of Community History Images Collection, The Grove Library.
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From
1914
To
1979
Categories
Disability Institution, Government-run and Home
Alternative Names
  • Green Place (also known as)
  • Greenplace Hospital (also known as)
  • Greenplace Hostel (also known as, 1946 - 1979)

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.

Details

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.

Events

1914 - 1979
Location - Green Place was established as an annexe of Claremont Hospital for the Insane in the former home of the Eliot family on land that is known as Green Place Reserve, off Wellington St, in Mosman Park. Location: Mosman Park

Publications

Online Resources

Photos

Order for conveyance, 1918
Title
Order for conveyance, 1918
Type
Document
Date
22 August 1918 - 23 August 1918
Source
Collection of Historical Images, Mental Health Museum WA Inc
Note
‘Order for conveyance 1918’ shows the type of form that would have been used at Greenplace to admit an involuntary patient.

Details

Green Place on the Swan River, Mosman Park
Title
Green Place on the Swan River, Mosman Park
Type
Image
Date
c. 1920
Source
Community History Images Collection, The Grove Library

Details

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