Provincial Mental Home, Colquitz, B.C.

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Provincial Mental Home, Colquitz, B.C.

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  • Provincial Mental Home, Colquitz

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Facility on Wilkinson Road, in Saanich, B.C., a mental institution which operated from 1919 to 1964. It was originally built as a prison in 1914, known as the Saanich Prison Farm. In 1919, Mental Health Services assumed jurisdiction of the Saanich Prison Farm and it became the Provincial Mental Home, Colquitz, B.C. (or Colquitz Mental Hospital). It was used to house the male “criminally insane” inmates of the provincial mental hospitals. All admissions to Colquitz were transfers from Essondale (later renamed Riverview). The supervisor of Colquitz was under the direction of the Medical Superintendent of Essondale. All patient files were returned to Essondale when inmates died or were released. After its closure as a mental hospital in 1964, the facility once more became a prison, first as temporary accommodation for overflow from the Oakalla Prison Farm and then in 1970 as the Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre, popularly known as the Wilkinson Road Jail


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Revised PW/KH 2017-01-20




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