Hidden Gems: Victoria District Hospital

Published on Tuesday, 2 August 2022 at 11:41:47 AM

Nestled inside the Geraldton Heritage Precinct, Ngurra Barlunguu, is a call-back to an era more akin to Dr Quinn Medicine Woman rather than Grey’s Anatomy.

The Victoria Disctrict Hospital started from humble beginnings back in the 1850’s when the convict shelter situated on the site set up a simple sick bay tent. In 1864 the site was deemed the best location for the colonial hospital.

Victoria District Hospital in the early years
Victoria District Hospital in the early years.

In 1887 the first building was officially opened and named to honour Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee year. This was a 40 bed Hospital for the area.

The Victoria District Hospital consists of four structures – Victoria House (1887), Campbell House (opened in 1895 during the height of Typhoid) and Crowley House and Theatre (1897).

Fun fact: the hospital was still in operation until Geraldton Regional Hospital opened its doors in 1966!

Student Nurse outfit on display at Victoria District Hospital
A nurse’s uniform on display.

Volunteers from the ex-Victoria District Hospital Staff Association have put together a medical memorabilia display, which is situated in Victoria House, showing--Medical Books, Equipment and even a dressed model of a student nurse.

The display is open for viewing every Tuesday and Thursday at 10.30am to 2.30pm. A kind donation for entry is appreciated.

Equipment display at Victoria District Hospital
A sneak peep at some of the equipment – many are still used in today’s era.

Guided tours also take place around the grounds every Tuesday and Thursday from 2pm. Simply assemble at Victoria house, where volunteers from Visitor Tour Guides will conduct a tour around the grounds and share their knowledge of the Old Hospital as well as the Old Gaol near by.

There is also plenty of informative signage displayed around the Precinct, so you are more than welcome to take a tour at your own pace at any time!

Map of Victoria District Hospital
The Greater Geraldton Heritage Walk Trails book is available from Geraldton Visitor Centre.

The Victoria District Hospital is just one of many hidden gems scattered throughout our region. Call into the Geraldton Visitor Centre to find out more!

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