Castle Hill Lunatic Asylum

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Castle Hill Lunatic Asylum was Australia's first official institution which provided care for the mentally ill. It was located approximately 7 miles (11 km) north of Parramatta in New South Wales. Established by Lachlan Macquarie in May 1811, it operated until 1826. It was housed in a two-storey stone building, previously a granary, which also served as a barracks at one time.[1]


  1. ^ "Castle Hill Lunatic Asylum: May 1811". Macquarie University. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 

Further reading[edit]

James Dunk (2017). "Authority and the Treatment of the Insane at Castle Hill Asylum, 1811–25". Health and History. 19 (2): 17–40. doi:10.5401/healthhist.19.2.0017.