Croydon (in far north Queensland) was declared a goldfield in 1886 - within a year, its population soared to over 6,000. Many people have ancestors who made the area their home - sometimes only for brief expeditions in search of gold - and the Croydon Hospital records provide a wonderful way of finding them.
During the early years, 70% of those admitted to Croydon Hospital were born in Britain or Ireland, and about 15% were born in Australia's southern states (especially the Victorian goldfields). The admission registers give biographical data for more than five thousand men, women and children admitted to Croydon Hospital between 25 March 1888 and 4 April 1925 (however, please note that no registers survive for 7 December 1893 to 6 March 1894, or 6 April 1906 to 5 August 1907).
"What information will I find in this index?"
• Notes (These are included for a small number of entries, to aid identification if part of the name was missing or illegible, or to point to confirmed or suspected spelling variants, aliases, patronymic names etc.)
• Register number
• Code (Most register pages are not numbered, so during indexing a code was assigned to each entry. This allows users to see whether there are multiple entries for the same name within one register.)
Extra details that may be in the original records (but not in the index):
• date admitted
• town, State/county and country of birth
• ship of arrival
• how long in colony
• place of residence
• marital status
• place of marriage, at what age, and to whom
• names and ages of children living
• number and sex of children deceased
• father's name
• father's occupation
• father's present residence if living (or sometimes 'father dead')
• mother's given name and maiden surname
• disease or reason for admission
• date of discharge or date and cause of death
1. Some handwriting was almost illegible, and many names were spelled incorrectly and/or inconsistently in the registers. To search this index on findmypast, tick the boxes to include variants of last names and first names.
2. Some married women were entered in the register under their maiden surname.
3. Some register entries are more detailed and/or more accurate than others. If there is more than one entry for a name, the same person may be mentioned more than once, or there may have been several people with the same name. The only way to find out is to inspect the original records at Queensland State Archives.
Obtaining copies of original records:
If you cannot personally inspect the original records at Queensland State Archives, Judy Webster will (for a fee) obtain copies. Details of the copying service are on www.judywebster.com.au
Data provided by Judy Webster