Authors: Philippa Martyr, WA
Event: 2009 TheMHS Conference
Subject: HISTORY AND REFORM, A MEANINGFUL LIFE,SOCIAL JUSTICE, SOCIAL INCLUSION
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: In late 2008 North Metropolitan Area Mental Health Service endorsed a new project which will document the history of Graylands Hospital (originally known as the Claremont Hospital for the Insane, and later Claremont Mental Hospital) from 1903. This paper will touch on some of the challenges a historian faces in uncovering the history of a stigmatised institution. Where does the historian begin? What sorts of issues will prove potentially explosive? The story of Claremont-Graylands Hospital can be told in a way that emphasises recovery and healing, to help the institution move beyond a past marked by the stigma of scandal.