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The Insanity Act of 1884 (1884 - 1938)

Principal Act

The Insanity Act of 1884 changed the names of the "Lunatic Asylums" at Goodna and Sandy Gallop, near Ipswich, to "Hospitals for the Insane". It gave the Governor in Council power to appoint and name any suitable premises to be a hospital for the insane and grant a license for a maximum of 3 years. Under the Act the Curator in Insanity was granted the power to administer the estates of insane persons.


Under this Act, an insane person was defined as: 'a person who for the time being is idiotic or of unsound mind, and incapable of managing himself or his affairs, whether found insane by inquisition or otherwise'.


 1869 - 1884 Lunacy Act of 1869
       1884 - 1938 The Insanity Act of 1884

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Sources used to compile this entry: Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Queensland Legislation', 4 April 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.

Prepared by: Lee Butterworth