Find your ancestors in Croydon Hospital admissions index, 1888-1925

What can these records tell me?

While the amount of information available varies, most transcripts include the following:
  • First name(s)
  • Last name
  • Year range
  • 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.
  • 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.

Please note the following:

  • Some handwriting was almost illegible, and many names were spelled incorrectly and/or inconsistently in the registers. To account for this as you search these records and to better ensure that you can find your ancestors, tick the boxes to include variants of last names and first names.
  • Some married women were entered in the register under their maiden name.
  • 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.

Discover more about these records

Croydon, located in north Queensland, was declared a goldfield in 1886. Within a year, its population had soared to over 6,000. Many people have ancestors who made the area their home, sometimes only for brief expeditions in search of gold. The Croydon Hospital records provide a wonderful way of discovering your ancestors that settled in the area during this time.

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 four thousand men, women and children admitted to Croydon Hospital between 25 March 1888 and 4 April 1925. However, no registers survive for 7 December 1893 to 6 March 1894, or 6 April 1906 to 5 August 1907.


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