Story: Mental health services
The Dunedin Lunatic Asylum was opened in 1863 and its plain and dismal exterior led many residents to feel concerned about conditions in the hospital. However, three years later the Southland Times printed this enthusiastic report. It found that 'the lodge at the entrance looked the very ideal of comfort,' while 'well-clothed and admirably clean-looking men' were working on the native plants in the grounds. Ten years later the hospital was already overcrowded, and the much larger Seacliff asylum was built nearby. (26 September 1866, p. 2)
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Reference: Southland Times, 26 September 1866, p. 2
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