Mental Health

Lunacy petitions, Supreme Court of South Australia 1853 - 1892

Note: The use of the word Lunacy in this series reflects the original term used in the 19th century.

This series consists of petitions and associated documents, such as affidavits, filed with the Supreme Court in relation to the Lunatics Act.  Under the Act, the Court was granted the power to make orders regarding the maintenance of dependents.  The Court also made orders for individuals found incapable of managing their own affairs due to mental illness.

Documents within the series may include statements by relatives and medical practitioners giving details of the financial situation and illness of the individual.

The Special List is arranged alphabetically by the surname of the individuals and includes the number and date of the record. 

Special List to GRG 36/53 Lunacy petitions, numerical series 1853 - 1892

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