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Agency Number: TA442
Title: LAUNCESTON GENERAL HOSPITAL
Start Date: 01 Jan 1820
End Date:
Description:

Established c. 1820 as H.M. Colonial Hospital it led a peripatetic existence in the early years, finishing in a former hotel. On 1 July 1854 it was transferred from Imperial to Colonial control as the Cornwall Hospital and Infirmary. Six trustees were appointed and subscriptions collected but the hospital relied on a government subsidy and the reliance increased each year. On 26 January 1863 the Hospital moved into a new building on the present site and the trustees became a Board of Management on 5 May when the present name, Launceston General Hospital, was adopted. The Board of Management was replaced, on 30 June 1871, by a Chief Medical Officer and Board of Visitors. In 1876 the Chief Medical Officer was superseded by a Surgeon Superintendant. In 1878 the government legislated to provide a new Board of Management for the Hospital, which was appointed in January 1879. Further legislation in 1918 replaced the Board, in 1919, with the Launceston Public Hospitals District Board. An amendment to the Act in 1949 reconstituted the Board but had little effect on the Hospital. The Board was reconstituted administratively in 1990, giving further impetus to the integration of community health services with the Hospital's operations. From 1991 the Hospital came under the control of the Northern Regional Health Board, a management experiment that was abandoned in 1997 when Departmental control was reasserted over the Hospital. In 1972 the Gynaecology department was transferred to the Queen Victoria Hospital. When the latter closed in 1995 its staff and services were transferred to a wing of the Launceston General Hospital.

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11 HEALTH CARE [1]
Controlling Agencies:
TA962 BOARD OF MANAGEMENT OF THE GENERAL HOSPITAL AT LAUNCESTON 31 Dec 1878 03 Jun 1919
TA961 LAUNCESTON PUBLIC HOSPITALS DISTRICT BOARD 29 May 1919 01 Jul 1991
TA23 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES 01 Aug 1956 17 Jul 1989
TA969 NORTHERN REGIONAL HEALTH BOARD 01 Jul 1991 01 Jul 1997
TA1012 DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND HEALTH SERVICES 03 Feb 1993 18 Sep 1998
TA1623 HOSPITALS AND AMBULANCE SERVICES DIVISION 18 Sep 1998
TA1543 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 18 Sep 1998
TA2170 TASMANIAN HEALTH ORGANISATION - NORTH 01 Jul 2012 01 Jul 2015
TA2169 TASMANIAN HEALTH SERVICE 01 Jul 2015
Previous Agencies:
TA467 FLINDERS DISTRICT HOSPITAL 01 Jan 1942 31 Dec 1981
TA460 QUEEN VICTORIA HOSPITAL 01 Jan 1952 31 Dec 1995
Related Agencies:
TA1911 LAUNCESTON HOME FOR INVALIDS 31 May 1913 10 Mar 1954
NG2935 SISTER JEAN MARIE RAE (DEPUTY MATRON) 01 Jan 1918 01 Feb 1999
NG3438 TASMANIAN SOCIETY FOR THE CARE OF CRIPPLED CHILDREN 01 Jan 1935 31 Dec 1988
NG3445 ST GILES HOME 08 Mar 1939 31 Dec 1995
TA2139 ST GILES SCHOOL 01 Jan 1941 31 Dec 1984
TA1912 COSGROVE PARK HOME FOR THE AGED 10 Mar 1954 31 Jan 1992
TA275 BOARD OF INQUIRY INTO LAUNCESTON GENERAL HOSPITAL 01 Apr 1971 31 Dec 1971
Series Created By Agency:
AB636  GREETING CARDS. 01 Jan 1820
AB614  REGISTER OF BOARD OF MANAGEMENT MEMBERSHIP. 01 Jan 1879 31 Dec 1927
AB587  MINUTES OF MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF MANAGEMENT. 20 Jan 1879 14 Jul 1949
AB620  GOVERNMENT MONIES CASH BOOK. 23 Jun 1879 12 Apr 1887
AB595  MISCELLANEOUS CORRESPONDENCE. 01 Jan 1880 31 Dec 1934
AB641  PHOTOGRAPHS. 01 Jan 1880 31 Dec 1980
AB640  PLANS. 01 Jan 1881 31 Dec 1934
AB621  ENDOWMENT ACCOUNT CASH BOOK. 02 Feb 1881 25 Mar 1887
AB600  INVENTORY OF INSTRUMENTS. 01 Jan 1882 31 Dec 1890
AB622  SAMARITAN FUND CASH BOOK. 02 Nov 1885 01 Mar 1887
AB594  LETTERBOOK OF THE BOARD OF MANAGEMENT. 11 Sep 1886 30 Aug 1905
AB619  BEQUESTS AND DONATIONS FUND CASH BOOK. 25 Mar 1887 30 Jun 1942
AB604  MEDICAL REGISTER. 25 Mar 1889 26 Aug 1899
AB612  NURSES' REGISTER OF TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT 01 Jan 1891 31 Dec 1912
AF708  SUMMARY OF MAINTENANCE NEEDS 01 Jan 1892 31 Dec 1896
AB626  CHILDREN'S COTTAGE HOSPITAL FUND CASH BOOK. 20 Aug 1892 01 Apr 1915
AB628  NURSES' RECREATION FUND CASH BOOK. 20 Aug 1892 31 Mar 1913
AB625  CHILDREN'S CONVALESCENT HOME FUND CASH BOOK. 22 Dec 1892 28 Feb 1915
AB617  MAINTENANCE ACCOUNT LEDGER. 02 Feb 1896 30 Jun 1934
AB603  REGISTER OF DEATHS. 04 Feb 1896 29 Jul 1899
AB599  REGISTER OF OUTDOOR PATIENTS. 11 Jun 1896 10 Feb 1915
AB631  VISITORS' BOOK. 02 Jan 1897 16 Jun 1932
AB601  REGISTER OF OPERATIONS. 04 Jan 1897 13 Jan 1926
AB637  PRESS CUTTINGS. 01 Jan 1898 31 Dec 1963
AB588  MINUTES OF MEETINGS OF THE VISITING COMMITTEE. 05 Dec 1898 10 Apr 1951
AB589  MINUTES OF MEETINGS OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE. 05 Dec 1898 12 May 1919
AB602  LETTERBOOK OF THE SURGEON-SUPERINTENDENT. 17 Aug 1899 14 Aug 1909
AB630  HONORARIES' ATTENDANCE BOOK. 01 Jan 1900 31 Dec 1949
AB627  GIBSON'S CONVALESCENT HOME FUND CASH BOOK. 28 Feb 1902 31 Mar 1915
AB623  SAMARITAN FUND DISBURSEMENTS [SRD]. 11 Mar 1903 09 Aug 1904
AB613  NURSES TRAINING REGISTER. 23 Mar 1909 10 Jan 1963
AB632  NURSES' CERTIFICATES [SRD]. 01 Jan 1910 31 Dec 1959
AB629  AMBULANCE FUND CASH BOOK. 02 Sep 1910 28 Feb 1915
AB596  ADMISSION REGISTER. 17 Apr 1912 02 Jul 1962
AB597  INDEX TO ADMISSIONS. 01 Jan 1915 31 Dec 1942
AB624  LEDGER OF VARIOUS BEQUESTS AND DONATION FUNDS. 01 Jan 1915 31 Dec 1950
AB606  BOOK OF OPERATION SETTINGS. 01 Jan 1920 31 Dec 1920
AB590  DRAFT MINUTES OF MEETINGS OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE. 10 Aug 1922 17 Feb 1925
AB591  MINUTES OF MEETINGS OF THE GENERAL COMMITTEE. 18 Mar 1924 08 Jan 1929
AB642  RULES AND REGULATIONS. 01 Jan 1925 31 Dec 1925
AB598  MONTHLY RECORD TO PATIENTS UNDER TREATMENT. 01 Dec 1925 31 Oct 1929
AB611  GATEKEEPER'S BOOK. 14 Dec 1927 03 Jan 1932
AB615  INWARDS DAY BOOK. 01 Feb 1930 30 Sep 1936
AB638  PRESS CUTTINGS RELATING TO THE ROYAL HOBART HOSPITAL. 01 Jan 1931 31 Dec 1937
AB789  CORRESPONDENCE ABOUT BUILDINGS. 01 Jan 1934 31 Dec 1966
AB618  ANALYSIS OF RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURE. 05 Jul 1934 30 Jun 1972
AB634  EVIDENCE BEFORE THE PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS ENQUIRING INTO THE LAUNCESTON PUBLIC HOSPITAL. 01 Jan 1935 31 Dec 1935
AB616  REGISTER OF FEES PAID. 03 Sep 1936 03 Oct 1940
AB605  WEEKLY REQUISITION BOOK. 04 Jun 1937 06 Feb 1950
AB607  REPORT BOOK - WARD 4. 15 Nov 1940 22 Mar 1941
AB635  MATERIAL ASSOCIATED WITH THE 1963 HOSPITAL CENTENARY. 01 Jan 1943 31 Dec 1963
AB610  ADMISSION ORDER FORMS [SRD]. 01 Nov 1945 30 Nov 1945
AB608  REPORT BOOK - WARD A. 01 Jul 1946 12 Aug 1946
AB609  REPORT BOOK - WARD G. 16 Jul 1948 12 Aug 1948
AB592  MINUTES OF MEETINGS OF THE VISITING STAFF COMMITTEE. 02 Dec 1948 08 Aug 1949
AB593  MINUTES OF MEETINGS OF THE MEDICAL STAFF COMMITTEE. 11 Sep 1950 07 Sep 1953
AB644  PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE COSGROVE PARK HOME FOR THE AGED. 10 Mar 1954 31 Dec 1980
AB633  NURSES' GRADUATION PROGRAMMES. 01 Jan 1962 31 Dec 1975
AB639  MATERIAL ASSOCIATED WITH THE 125TH ANNIVERSARY. 01 Jan 1988 31 Dec 1988