Just a minute in 1865:  Bureaucracy

Just a minute in 1865: Bureaucracy

9th March:           The desirability of the Patients admitted during the week , appearing before the Committee (as formerly) was considered, and being approved, they were severally called in, & it was suggested to each, that on their leaving the Hospital, Convalescent, they should as early as practicable, make a small contribution towards its funds.  One of the Patients having been sent from the Immigration Depot, by the Supt there, it was resolved that a fitting opportunity be taken to enquire into the matter, & if there was any arrangement to excuse such. 22nd June:            The Minutes of the previous Meeting being read & confirmed, the secretary reported having written to the Immigration Dept, in accordance with instructions received at the last meeting. 29th June:            The Minutes of the previous Meeting having been read & confirmed, the secretary reported having written to the Immigration depot & read the reply received therefrom. Resolved that Mr I. P. Welsby be requested to meet the Committee on Thursday next at 4 o’clock P M. 6th July:                       Mr I. P. Welsby attended (in accordance with the Sec. letter requesting the same) to give explanation respecting the patients received from the Immigration Depot. Resolved that the House Surgeon be requested to draw up an account of such patients in detail, for transmission to the Depot 24th August:        Mr Heeney sent in a Report of the patients received from the Immigration Depot. The Secretary to forward the said report to Mr I. P. Welsby requesting a Cheque for the amount charged. 31st August:         A letter received from Mr I. P, Welsby stating that he had forwarded the Report...
Just a minute in 1865:  Suffer the Little Children

Just a minute in 1865: Suffer the Little Children

17th August:          … in reply to an application of the 3rd Inst. for the admission of 3 children into the Asylum for the Destitute Stating that such application could not be entertained on account of the Asylum being full.  In consequence … Three Shillings per week be paid by this Hospital to supply food to the Widow Burton and her three children. 21st September:  A letter … from the Col. Sec. Office having reference to Destitute Children.  Resolved that such Children, in consequence, be paid for maintenance out of the funds of the Hospital. Also that the secretary pay to Sarah Cralich [partly indecipherable name] one Pound, from “Petty Cash” for the care of a child of a woman sent to the Lunatic Asylum. 16th November:  Rev. Moseley made an application for the sum of £1.0.0 for the maintenance of two children, out of the Hospital, the Mother being a patient ill with fever – Also, for the sum of two shillings and six pence for the support of an infant in the Hospital.  These two sums to be paid weekly. … granted… 24th November:  … the Matron to pay the sum of ten shillings per week each towards the support of two children … belonging to Mrs Bruish & Mrs Stapleton respectively.  That Ann Kenrick be paid the sum of ten shillings weekly for the care of Clough’s child. 21st December:    … the payment for the funeral of Clough’s Child to be reserved until the next meeting. 28th December:   The House Surgeon reported that he had advanced the sum of £1..0.0 to Mrs Mc Henry, who being deserted by her...
Just a minute in 1865:  Patients

Just a minute in 1865: Patients

2nd March:            …” A small parcel of Gold-dust, (abt an oz) was handed in by Mr. Watkins, having been received from a patient,” 9th March:           …“Mr. Watkins stated that certain of the palings enclosing the Institution had been removed, & that is was feared, patients occasionally made their exit without permission. Mr Heeney was therefore requested to admonish all the patients with reference thereto, & to caution them that any found thus leaving the Establishment, would be summarily dismissed.” 17th August:         …” Resolved that Tickets for the admission of Patients be given to each Clergyman in the proportion of one ticket for every Ten Pounds collected”…. 24th August:         …“Visitors to the Patients in this Hospital are admitted between the hours of one and four o’clock on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays only.” 2nd  November:    …”the request made by Thomas Ware (who lately died in the Hospital) for the Sum of £2..10..0 bequeathed by him for distribution amongst the Servants be carried into effect. The Young man attending upon him to receive 10s/- the other Servants £2..0..0 distributed equally” … ….” the use of Tobacco be allowed to certain of the Patients in the Benevolent ward, under the direction of the House Surgeon”. …”Patients admitted by Ticket be approved by the Committee at the first Subsequent Meeting. The admission Ticket to be examined by them at this meeting.” 30th November: …“Mrs Holmes a patient admitted by “Ticket” not being found on enquiry a fit object of charity was rejected. Subsequently she was readmitted as a pay Patient.”” 21st December:    …”the Matron be instructed to provide the usual Xmas...
Just a minute in 1865:  Nurses

Just a minute in 1865: Nurses

2nd Feb:            ….” The Secretary reported that Nurse Mrs. Farrell had been guilty of misconduct and had left the institution on Sunday 29th.inst in consequence, and further he had employed Mrs. Tomlins to replace Mrs. Farrell at same wages,”… 9th Feb:             ….” Snr Nurse Tomlins having been reported guilty of misconduct, her services were ordered to be dispensed with at expiration of current week and Mrs. Farrell, under promise of future good conduct was reinstated. 21st Sept:          ….” Two Nurses, Mrs. Farrell and Bridget Murray, were reported by the Matron as having been found intoxicated and incapable, in consequence, of attending to their duties. Resolved that Mrs. Farrell’s case be reserved for consideration at the end of the Month. B Murray having been reprimanded and cautioned was allowed to resume her duties. Resolved that an Advertisement be inserted twice in the “Courier” and the “Queensland Times” for a competent nurse.”… 28th Sept:          ….”Mrs. Farrell’s case having been considered, it was resolved that her services be discontinued and that Catherine Ryan be engaged as Nurse in her place, on trial for a fortnight. The Salary being at the rate of £35.0.0 per Annum” 16th Nov:           …”Resolved that nurse Catherine Ryan be discharged, according to the terms of agreement. Resolved that a General Servant be engaged to perform work required in the Hospital. Resolved that it be the Chief Duty of one of the nurses to attend to female patients. Resolved that Mrs. Farrell be reengaged as nurse”… 26th Nov:           ….” The nurse Catherine Ryan received a cheque for £8.0.6 being for services rendered in the Hospital...
Just a minute in 1865:  Hospital Hygiene

Just a minute in 1865: Hospital Hygiene

2nd February: …” The secretary was instructed to take action in the matter of a lavatory for the use of inmates of the institution, and also to secure a supply of hay for refilling bedding”… 30th March: …” The “Inspector of Nuisances” requested an interview with the Committee, which being granted, “The Inspector” called attention to the state of the Drainage from the Hospital which discharged into Court Street and had been reported as noxious to the neighborhood. To remedy this defect, it was resolved that immediate steps be taken for construction of a cesspit and that sewerage be utilized in the formation of a garden” 6th April: …”The Tender from Lockwood for trenching the Garden at £1 per rod was laid on the table, Resolved that the tender be rejected.” 13th July: ….”Resolved that a Valuator be employed to assess the charges made by Gorricker for the construction of a Drain” ….”the House Surgeon applied for a Bath for the use of Patients in certain cases”… 20th April: ….”The Valuator assessed the work done by Gorricker in laying a Drain at £1.14.0”   7th Dec: ….” Resolved that the Matron be requested to confine her poultry to some portion of the grounds that they may not get into the garden.”…     14th Dec: ….”Resolved that Mr Balding be requested to make an estimate for the construction of water closets in the Sick Wards.”… 4th Jan: ….”Resolved that the Employees of the Hospital be required to dispose of the pigs, poultry etc belonging to them on the premises and that no animals of this kind be allowed to...