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Launceston Home for Invalids
Agency Number:
Start Date:
31 May 1913
End Date:
10 Mar 1954
In 1868, The Launceston Invalid Asylum or Invalid Depot was established by refurbishing the old Military Barracks in Patterson Street near Royal Park. Principally, its inmates were destitute male emancipists with chronic medical conditions resulting from congenital defects, injury, disease or old age. For its first twenty years it was administered by the Superintendent of the Launceston Penal Establishment and was effectively a regimented penal environment. From 1895 the Launceston Benevolent Society managed the Invalid Depot as the renamed Launceston Benevolent Asylum. The old building became run down and finally closed on 24 June 1912. A new premises, the Launceston Home for Invalids in Mulgrave Street, South Launceston was built and operated by the Tasmanian Government and ran from May 1913 until 10 March 1954 when it was replaced by Cosgrove Park Home for the Aged on Wellington Street, Launceston also operated by the state government. As part of the overall state government strategy to transfer public nursing home beds to the private sector the Cosgrove Park Nursing Home as it was by then known was sold to the privately operated consortium Tasmania Nursing Homes in January 1993.
Information Sources:
'Launceston Invalid Asylum', A. Piper in The Companion to Tasmanian History (CTHS, Hobart 2008);;;;'Launceston Home for Invalids: Report for 1911-12', Journals & Printed Papers of the Parliament of Tasmania, Vol. LXVII (1912)
Functions Performed:
Community services
Health care
Controlling Agencies:
Department of Public Health (TA19)06 Jan 190401 Aug 1956
Previous Agencies:
Launceston Benevolent Asylum (NG1172)01 Jan 189830 Apr 1915
Launceston General Hospital (TA442)01 Jan 1820
Subsequent Agencies:
Cosgrove Park Home for the Aged (TA1912)10 Mar 195431 Jan 1992
Series Created By Agency:
AF215 Nominal Roll Book31 May 191310 Mar 1954

AF524 Register of Admissions01 Jun 191331 Dec 1919

AF523 Report Books26 Feb 191509 Feb 1941

AF522 Inmates Personal Account Register20 Jan 194805 Mar 1954