Story: Frame, Janet Paterson

Seacliff Mental Hospital

Seacliff Mental Hospital

This 1912 photograph of Seacliff Mental Hospital, north of Dunedin, shows the forbidding Gothic buildings that were still a feature of the institution when Janet Frame was committed there in November 1945. She had been diagnosed with incipient schizophrenia after a suicide attempt, and was to spend the next eight years in and out of mental hospitals in Otago, Christchurch and Auckland.

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Patrick Evans. 'Frame, Janet Paterson', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2010. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 February 2024)