William Andrew Dibden, AM
William Andrew Dibden, AM
Psychiatrist; director of Mental Health Services in South Australia,1967-78; president, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 1965-66.
Born Sydney, March 22, 1914. Died Adelaide, October 17, aged 79.
Dibden established the South Australian Association of Mental Health; and, as its leader he was largely responsible for raising public money to found a chair of mental health at Adelaide University. During his period as director of Mental Health Services in South Australia, he rewrote the mental health legislation – a body of work which foreshadowed the reforms of the civil rights movement and that of Brian Burdekin.
Dibden graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1939.
Series 1. William Andrew Dibden - bibliographic details; Psychiatric experiences, 1939-1949 (dated 4 November 1982). 2 items.
Series 2. Publication and papers listing; photocopy of paper "The hyperventilation syndrome', from the Medical journal of Australia, Sept. 17, 1949. 2 items
Series 3. Biography of psychiatry - W.A. Dibden. Oral history: record of taped interviews, October 1979- July 1991 (listed alphabetically under name of interviewee), 1991. 1 listing.
Series 4. Transcripts of tapes. 1979-1990. 22 items
4.1. R.S. Kalucy and W.A. Dibden, 5 Oct. 1979
4.2. Dr. Harry Southwood and W.A. Dibden, 3 Nov. 1979
4.3. Dr Bill Salter and W.A. Dibden, 20 Nov. 1979
4.4. H.T. Kay and W.A. Dibden, 26 Nov. 1979
4.5. R.S. Kalucy and W.A. Dibden, Nov. 1979
4.6. R.S. Kalucy and W.A. Dibden, Dec. 1979. (2 separate typescripts)
4.7. R.S. Kalucy and W.A. Dibden, 22 Feb. 1980
4.8. R.S. Kalucy and W.A. Dibden, 20 Mar. 1980
4.9. R.S. Kalucy, Prof. Cramond and Bertine, May 1981
4.10. Colin Haynes and W.A. Dibden, 21 Jul. 1981
4.11. R.S. Kalucy and W.A. Dibden, 28 Aug. 1981
4.12. Howard Lloyd and W.A. Dibden, 24 Sept. 1981
4.13. R.S. Kalucy and W.A. Dibden, 20 Nov. 1981
4.14. Further comments by Howard Lloyd, Dec. 1981
4.15. Joe Craig and W.A. Dibden, 14 Apr. 1982
4.16. R.S. Kalucy and W.A. Dibden, 23 Apr. 1982
4.17. The Maudsley Hospital, 1949-1951. W.A. Dibden, 8 Nov. 1982
4.18. R.S. Kalucy and Dr. Lother Hoff
4.19. Prof. Bill Cramond and W.A. Dibden, 28 Apr. 1985
4.20. Dudley Byrne and W.A. Dibden, 17 Sept. 1985
4.21. Prof. Bill Cramond and W.A. Dibden, 6 Oct. 1985
4.22. Brian Shea and W.A. Dibden, 30 Apr. 1990
4.22. John Cawte and W.A. Dibden, 20 Nov. 1990
Series 5. Tape recordings of interviews conducted. 1979-1991. 50 sound cassette tapes
Series 6. Invitation to launch of electronic publication, A biography
of psychiatry, 1 May 2001, Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith
These papers were deposited by Maureen Bell, with permission from the family, in May 2001. They had come over with Maureen from the Glenside Hospital Library. They were used by Dr. Dibden in compiling his 'A biography of psychiatry' [Adelaide : The author, 1993?] (Barr Smith Library Rare Books 616.890092 D544b), the story of events and the people involved in the development of services for the psychiatrically ill in South Australia 1939-1989. This work has also been digitised by Adelaide University Library  http://digital.library.adelaide.edu.au/coll/special/Dibden/index.html