Letter to the Inspector General of Asylums about the Condition of the Seacliff Buildings
Soon after his appointment as Medical Superintendent, Truby King in this letter to the Inspector General of Asylums in Wellington on 27 April 1889 describes the condition of the North Ambulatory Wing and requests him to use his influence to have the Public Works Department investigate and rectify the structural defects. The defects were caused by the subsidence of the unstable ground under the building. He is concerned that other areas of the buildings are in danger of collapse.
He asks for a copy of the Report of Commission of Inquiry into Condition of Seacliff Lunatic Asylum, held in 1888, so that he can monitor the building for any further structural damage.
The Commission had considered that the architect R A Lawson was responsible for the defects in the building. The Report is published in the Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representative of New Zealand (AJHR 1888 H7).
Digital images of Medical Superintendent's Letterbooks
Some of the digital images of letters from the Medical Superintendent’s Letterbooks may be difficult to read because the copies of the letters in the Letterbooks were produced using the process of letterpress copying. This technology has resulted, over time, in the ink fading, blurring around the edges of the hand writing and because of the thinness of the pages, some show through of information from subsequent pages.