The Annual Reports of the Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum are being indexed by volunteers for the Geelong region. The report for 1877 has just been added to the Geelong & District Database. This makes a total of 28 Annual Reports indexed to-date.
Full digital copies of the reports from 1852-1922 are all available for download from the Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum web site. You can also see which have been indexed – or even better you can volunteer to assist with the indexing!
The Annual Reports do NOT include lists of patients, however they include information about the staff and progress of the hospital and for family historians they include comprehensive lists of subscribers. The subscription lists expand over the years to include employees of companies and inhabitants of small towns / communities making donations to the organisation and thus entitling the subscribers to medical services – similar to Medicare today.
A timeline history of this institution can be found on the Geelong Infirmary & Benevolent Asylum web site and a link is provided to two other important sites when searching for your ancestors:
- Index to the Admission Books of the Geelong Infirmary and Benevolent Asylum
[compiled by Fred Walter and Heather Cox]
- Australian Medical Pioneers Index
[A Barwon Health Project Initiated by the Geelong Hospital Library]
The Annual Reports were digitised and provided to our Geelong & District web site by Geelong Hospital librarian Stephen Due who was also responsible for creating the wonderful Australian Medical Pioneers Index.