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Jim’s Australiana Spot – 2UE - February 7, 2016

Two of Sydney's LOST HOSPITALS

I set out to talk about the history of HOSPITALS IN SYDNEY and soon realised it was a huge topic. So decided to start by talking about two that aren't there any more! Crown Street and Little Bay. In a few weeks we will look at the beginnings of Hospitals in Sydney and the amazing history of Sydney Hospital and RPA.

1 What was the original name the Little Bay Hospital? Why did it change?
  Coast Hospital - became Prince Henry for Duke of Gloucester's tour 1934
2 What was the main purpose of Little Bay Hospital and why was it located there?
  Contagious diseases/isolation
3 Can anyone explain the 5 wards at Crown Street Hospital?
  Main, adoption, premature, isolation and founders

1881 established to deal with a growing epidemic of Smallpox in Sydney. The site at Little Bay was chosen because of it’s isolation from the population of the city. July a horse ambulance was established upon the outbreak of Smallpox, and disbanded in February/March 1882 once the outbreak was over.
1883 converted to a convalescent hospital for patients from other hospitals in Sydney. As it was no longer a part of the quarantine services of Sydney.
1888 became a “fever hospital”, treating diseases such as diphtheria; tuberculosis; small pox; measles and scarlet fever. 1890 A lazaret opened for Leprosy patients who were isolated from the general hospital population.
1901 Steam trams -
1904 Electric trams.
Henry Lawson was a patient .
a plaque unveiled to Lawson.
1934 renamed 'Prince Henry for tour by Duke of Gloucester.
Established Nurses training  
1965 1st kidney transplant in NSW.  
Coast Centre opened for seniors.
A centre for aged care.
Services transferred to Randwick. Landcom develop the site.
2003 Nurses quarters demolished

Founded by DR James Graham in 1893 to lift the standards for maternity care. In addition to providing wards for surgical cases and complicated births the Hospital provided treatment in homes. Initial funding of the Women's Hospital came from public subscription, obstetric nurse training and student fees, with assistance from the Government in obtaining furniture and surgical instruments. One of the Hospital's early achievements was providing instruction to women who had previously acted as midwives without any medical certification.
• Auxiliary Centres were opened at Abbotsford in 1933 and Bondi-Waverley in 1937..

The Hospital's Nurseries were divided into five categories - D, Premature, Adoption, Founders, Isolation and Main. The Hospital was closed on 31 March 1983 and its facilities were transferred to Westmead Hospital.

Jim is reciting and talking about Henry Lawson and his mates at the COAST CENTRE on Thursday 25th February It's $15 which includes an 'Aussie Afternoon tea' call Coast Centre on 9311 4886 to book - office hours.

Poem to Finish Waratah and Wattle Maybe THIS should be our 'National Poem'

Waratah and Wattle
Henry Lawson

Though poor and in trouble I wander alone,
With rebel cockade in my hat,
Though friends may desert me, and kindred disown,
My country will never do that!
You may sing of the Shamrock, the Thistle, the rose,
Or the three in a bunch, if you will;
But I know of a country that gathered all those,
And I love the great land where the Waratah grows.
And the Wattle-bough blooms on the hill.

Australia! Australia! so fair to behold-
While the blue sky is arching above;
The stranger should never have need to be told,
That the Wattle-bloom means that her heart is of gold.
And the Waratah's red with her love.

Australia! Australia! most beautiful name,
Most kindly and bountiful land;
I would die every death that might save her from shame,
If a black cloud should rise on the strand;
But whatever the quarrel, whoever her foes,
Let them come! Let them come when they will!
Though the struggle be grim, 'tis Australia that knows
That her children shall fight while the Waratah grows,
And the Wattle blooms out on the hill.


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