Insanity in the Early Colony of NSW

Sanity collapsed in the colony "under the weight of the vast indifference of nature, of loneliness and mockery" said historian Manning Clark, but what happened next? Colonial NSW was rife with mental illness - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, brain injuries, the consequences of poor nutrition and hygiene, socially sanctioned alcoholism, widespread Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and the physical and psychological brutality of the society, all resulted in extreme psychological vulnerability. What were the consequences for the community, for families, and for stable governance? What were the provisions for care? And how much did conditions really improve in the 20th century?

This course will be delivered both face-to-face at WEA Sydney and online via the online platform Zoom simultaneously. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer if they are attending via Zoom or have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling into the face-to-face class.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • 1788: general incarceration
  • 1811: Castle Hill Lunatic Asylum
  • 1825: Liverpool Lunatic Asylum
  • 1838: Tarban Creek (Gladesville) Asylum
  • 1879: Office of the Inspector General of Mental Hospitals
  • 1900: Separation of mental illness and “mental retardation”
  • 1950s: Medication
  • 1983: Richmond Report – deinstitutionalisation

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Know the evolution of mental health provisions from 1788 onwards with regards to causes, treatments and facilities.
  2. Discover notable examples and consequences as well as key figures who implemented reforms and policies.
  3. Evaluate the provisions and philosophies over time.
  4. Relate insights into mental health conditions with other historical events.
  5. Show an interest in investigating heritage sites.
$39 Limited

<p>Sanity collapsed in the colony "under the weight of the vast indifference of nature, of loneliness and mockery" said historian Manning Clark, but what happened next? Colonial NSW was rife with

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22 May
$39 Limited

<p>Sanity collapsed in the colony "under the weight of the vast indifference of nature, of loneliness and mockery" said historian Manning Clark, but what happened next? Colonial NSW was rife with

...
22 May

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