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“The Real Life at Willow Court as an Asylum”

Willow Court Asylum
Ranked #6 of 17 things to do in New Norfolk
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Owner description: The beautiful and historic Willow Court & Barracks precinct will be open for tours and a full program of activities in a not to be missed opportunity to explore and learn about Australia’s oldest continually run mental hospital and Military Barracks that pre-dates Port Arthur.Open day coincides with Frascati garden tours—once the Hospital Superintendent’s residence This is a rare opportunity not to be missed!
Reviewed 4 November 2013

Derelict it is now, but in it's "day" the residents who lived there were looked after with care ad empathy. I lived in Humphrey Street running alongside the facility, and during my time in New Norfolk met many nurses and other staff who worked there....they described how there were outings, birthday parties, swimming galas in the resident swimming pool, and there was also a bowling green. At one point a local real estate company looked at turning buildings into a retirement complex but didn't happen. Then they tried to sell off the buildings independently but all the sewage and other services were interconnected so that would have been all too hard.
There was a house for "wayward girls" on the premises where parents would pay to have their child incarcerated for whatever reason, and also a "boys house" The most attractive building is the old Nurses Quarters, and the Willow tree in front of that was planted by a dignitary. The Square has buildings with a lead roof and no windows....doors are painted on...this is where electric "treatments" too place and also the docter's quarters.
it was a tragedy when all the people living there were integrated with the community at large...totally unused to seeing to themselves....but then this happened all over Australia.
so there was a very caring side to Willow Court...no doubt the other side did exist.

4  Thank Sharon H
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Visited New Norfolk for the first time and didn't know anything about the old Asylum - so I found I couldn't find out enough about this intriguing place. Visited the large Antiques Shop there [however don't know what it was, and would like to know]. A great antiques shop - such good quality items.
Also visited the Nurses' Quarters, still being restored - and the young Scottish lad from the Brick-a-brack shop was enthusiastic about what they were trying to do in restoring his section. I hope the restoration continues.
I also had coffee in the old Nurses' Chapel - what a delightful little place [however I had to ask what it was, as there's no signage] - beautifully restored.
There was work being done to demolish a large building, I believe to be the old childrens' quarters, plus many other buildings that look ominous...
From an outsider, I think it would be so interesting to have some sort of map, or info sheet of the whole site, advising what the buildings were.

Thank Bronwyn H
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Reviewed 20 April 2013

Willow court cafe was a delightful place to enjoy a lazy lunch in New Norfolk. We sat outside in the gardens & enjoyed the homemade apricot chicken, morrocan soup with a glass of Tassie wine. Service, food & location were terrific - highly reccomend!

Thank Sandra F
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Reviewed 8 November 2012

We had lunch at the little cafe in the middle on the grounds, its a very small building, near the antique shop. It was lovely, the food was great, coffee was very nice & quite reasonably priced.

We had a look around at the antique shop, its HUGE! So much stuff! We spent a good hour or so in the shop. Some fantastic stuff, but not a lot of jewellery. Definitely worth a look!

2  Thank Talise_04
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

Looks like they're actually opening more shops. Looking good and was told that there are more shops to come.

1  Thank FlyingMonkeyCreative
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