Nga Tapuwae July 2010 is now online.
It can be viewed here: Ngā Tapuwae July 2010
This exhibition illustrates aspects of the history of Seacliff Lunatic Asylum (later known as the Seacliff Mental Hospital) using the archives held by Archives New Zealand Dunedin Regional Office.
The photographs and images show the buildings and grounds of the asylum and aspects of the administration, particularly the work of the medical superintendent. Examples of case records for selected patients show the legal process for committing a person to the asylum, their medical treatment and discharge, although some patients remained at the institution until their death.
The exhibition includes a digitised copy of the published report of the 1891 Committee of Inquiry into Frederic Truby King's management of the asylum. Frederic Truby King was the medical superintendent from 1889 to 1921. The Report highlights the reforms Truby King made in the care of the mentally ill.
The Seacliff Lunatic Asylum Exhibition can be seen here: Seacliff Lunatic Asylum Exhibition
Archives New Zealand has made some changes to our online search system Archway to improve the way you search for and request records that you wish to view in our reading rooms.
The changes will let you place your order for records through Archway before you come into the reading rooms to view them.
From Tuesday 13 July, we will be piloting the changes in our Christchurch office for approximately four weeks. For all records based in Christchurch, you will see an ‘order’ button on the order details page for an item in Archway.
If you are wanting to view records in the Christchurch office, you will need to visit the office and register as a reader with a staff member. Once you have done this, you will be able to place your order through Archway for records that are based there. When you register you will be given a new reader card that will enable you to place orders from home to view in the Reading Room.
If you are not based in Christchurch, and want to view records in that office, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The changes will be implemented in our other offices in Dunedin, Auckland and Wellington later in the year. We will let you know when this will happen through notices on our website and in our Reading Rooms. Until these changes are implemented in the office that you would normally visit, the existing process will remain.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Ph: 04 931 6982