Historical information

Centenary issue of the Open Door Magazine that was produced by both staff and patients. The title reflects Mayday Hills "open door" approach to patient care.


Mayday Hills Asylum was one of the three largest psychiatric hospitals in Victoria, and played an important role in the treatment of mental health illnesses from its establishment in 1867 to its closure in 1995. As part of prescribed treatment, many patients participated in craft activities were they were able to create an array of objects.

Physical description

13-page A4 paper magazine with 4 copper staples.

Inscriptions & markings

CENTENARY ISSUE / 1867 / The New Open Door / 1967 [The Australian National Coat of Arms]