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Insanity within the relatives explores how colonial households coped with madness via a trans-colonial learn of the relationships among households and public colonial hospitals for the insane in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and New Zealand among 1860 and 1914.

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Unlike the situation in nineteenth-century Fiji, colonial India and parts of Southern Africa, the indigenous and non-white populations of the insane in New Zealand were not separated from the white Europeans inside the various hospitals for the insane around the colony. 111 The asylum system in New Zealand similarly drew upon a colonial population formed through immigration, with some people drawn to gold rushes in the South Island, and the local indigenous peoples.

His observations about distances between places, and the problems this occasioned for families, were noted in his covering letter to the Colonial Secretary in November of 1873. com - licensed to Feng Chia University - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-16 34 35 patients and those who cared for them. Paley’s key recommendations were few, but he drew upon his knowledge of existing legislative models in the colony of Victoria when he stated that New Zealand needed not centrally located sites, but a far better organized central administration for lunacy in the colony.

An uneasy relationship with local aboriginal peoples was established, and European diseases including smallpox ravaged their population. As the colonists pushed northwards and into the west, frontier violence and conflict raged over subsequent decades, destroying most of the indigenous peoples’ links to their lands. By 1840, when New Zealand’s first settlers established rights over land, forming a treaty with Maori, there had already been around five decades of a serious European presence in this region of the southern hemisphere, with fledgling colonies growing up around Port Philip (Victoria after 1852), South Australia, Queensland (1859) and Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania after 1855).

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