Using these records
All but the first volume of the Voluntary Boarders Registers have alphabetical indexes at the beginning.
These volumes register those patients admitted to Sunbury as Voluntary Boarders under Section 8 of the Lunacy Amendment Act 1914 (No.2539). Under Section 105 of the Lunacy Act 1915, a patient could be "admitted and detained for care and treatment as a voluntary boarder in any hospital... upon that person's making and signing a request in the prescribed form." Such patients could be detained for a particular nominated period of time and could be discharged at their own request.
The Voluntary Boarders Register lists the name and sex of such patients and the date of their admission. It also gives the conjugal state, occupation, address, form of disorder, physical condition and its cause, agreed period of residence, how discharged or died (with remarks).
Until 1962, this register controlled VPRS 8260 Admission Warants - Voluntary Boarders.
The admission of voluntary boarders was recorded chronologically by date of admission. Males and females were recorded in the same sequence and the entries were numbered from May 1953 to 1962 when the record keeping system was changed. From 1963 the admission of voluntary boarders was recorded in the same sequence as that for all other patients (See Register of Patients VPRS 8236).
The medical records of voluntary boarders were kept with those of other patients: VPRS 8244 Patients Files-Male and VPRS 8245 Patient Files - Female. There are no references to voluntary boarders in other series of records from Sunbury Asylum (e.g. Medical Journals or Discharge Registers).
System of Arrangement and Control
Series: Volumes are arranged chronologically by date of admission.
Contents: Chronological by date of admission. Sequential numbering system from 5 May 1953 to December 1962: 1 to 4360.