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Randwick Military Hospital Heritage Tour

This history and heritage tour starts at the High Street entrance of Prince of Wales Hospital and examines the history of the Children's Asylum, the Military Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital of today. Surrounded by a mix of heritage-listed and modern buildings it is still A Place of Caring.

Our tour views the History Wall and discusses the phases in the development of Prince of Wales Hospital. The heritage -listed buildings of Edmund Blacket, Catherine Hayes and the Superintendent’s Residence are visited and related to the Children’s Asylum story. From 1858 when the first children arrived at the Children’s Asylum until the last child left in late 1915, the site had been one of Caring.

In October, 1914 there were 4,000 soldiers camping in the Asylum paddock prior to embarkation to the Middle East. The Military and Naval Hospital Home Bill empowered the NSW Government to take over the Asylum and the Military Forces officially managed the premises in 1916. Stories of how the soldiers and sailors lived in the hospital are recountered.

The Randwick Military Hospital continued until 1953 when the last soldiers were transferred to the new Concord Repatriation Hospital. From 1953 Prince of Wales became a general hospital before becoming a teaching hospital.

Event date

Event Details

High Street, Randwick, New South Wales
Entrance to the Prince of Wales Hospital in High Street is the meeting point for the tour. Parking in surrounding streets or shopping centre car park is limited. Parking in the hospital car park is from Barker Street but is expensive. Buses travelling along Avoca Street or Botany Street have stops close to High Street.
Wednesday, 24th April - 10 am - 12 pm
Entry fees:
Adults $10, Concession $6, Members $$ 6.00
Prebooking requiredaudrey.mccallum@health.nsw.gov.auVolunteers' Office : 9382 -2119 or 0418 271 718
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
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you need to know:
limited street parking