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19th-century mental hospitals and asylums

Click on the highlighted place names to see images of the main asylums and mental hospitals in 19th-century New Zealand. While the earliest asylums were small enough to retain a domestic quality, second-generation institutions tended to be huge and imposing buildings, located out of sight of the public but accessible by public transport and near urban centres. Many patients who entered these facilities spent the rest of their lives in them.

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Warwick Brunton, 'Mental health services - Lunatic asylums, 1840s to 1900s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/29399/19th-century-mental-hospitals-and-asylums (accessed 29 October 2021)

Story by Warwick Brunton, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 21 Jun 2018