Snapshot of the past

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

A pho­to­graph of the War­ragul Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal c.1918.

This pho­to­graph cap­tures a front view of the hos­pi­tal with two men stand­ing on the veranda. Note the gar­den in the fore­ground.

Orig­i­nally built in 1888, it was not opened as a hos­pi­tal un­til 1908.

In 1939, the new brick hos­pi­tal was built and it was re­named West Gipp­s­land Hos­pi­tal.

An ar­ti­cle in the West Gipp­s­land Gazette gives a sum­mary of the hos­pi­tal’s an­nual meet­ing in 1918.

It stated the num­ber of pa­tients ad­mit­ted for treat­ment had fallen off to 251 peo­ple. This fol­lowed 299 pa­tients be­ing ad­mit­ted in the pre­vi­ous year.

The hos­pi­tal closed the year £178 in credit. To­tal rev­enue was £2383 0s 4d, in­clud­ing £627 10s 1d raised at the hos­pi­tal car­ni­val.

Pho­to­graph and in­for­ma­tion cour­tesy of the War­ragul and Dis­trict His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

If you have any ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about this pho­to­graph, please con­tact The Gazette on 5623 5666 or ed­i­to­rial@war­ragul gazette.com.au.

A pho­to­graph of a Buick dec­o­rated for a car­ni­val to raise money for a new brick hos­pi­tal in Lands­bor­ough Rd, War­ragul.

Taken in Queen St, it cap­tures Car­ni­val Queen Ethel Bat­son in the car.

Ethel, her mother An­nie Bat­son and fu­ture hus­band James Hill were life gov­er­nors of the hos­pi­tal for their fundrais­ing ef­forts.

James Hill, to­gether with fel­low singers and mu­si­cians, held con­cert par­ties in the 1920s and 30s to raise money for the orig­i­nal hos­pi­tal and later for the new hos­pi­tal built in 1939.

An­nie was the el­dest daugh­ter of John and Georgina Gal­lagher of “Hill­top” near Gal­lagher’s Cross­ing in War­ragul.

This pho­to­graph was sub­mit­ted to The Gazette by Neerim South res­i­dent Margery Price.

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