Sunnyside Lunatic Asylum

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Sunnyside Lunatic Asylum
Opened 1863
Closed 1999
Current Status Demolished
Architect(s) Benjamin Mountfort
Location Christchurch, NZ
Alternate Names
  • Sunnyside Hospital for the Insane
  • Hillmorton Hospital


Sunnyside Hospital, Christchurch’s first mental asylum, was opened in 1863. It was built to house those who were considered insane, before then they had been held at the Lyttelton jail.