The Chronicle



In the closing years of the fifties, Dr Otto Sachse was the only resident medical practition­er in Toowoomba, Dr William Armstrong having establishe­d himself in Drayton, and Dr JE Stacey had not then arrived amongst us. Dr Sachse was a most skilful surgeon, with a veritable whirlwind of a temper, and yet, withal dominated by the instincts of his profession.

...he applied to the late Hon James Taylor for assistance, and that gentleman generously leased him, at a peppercorn rental, a small bark hut in Russell-street on the west of its intersecti­on with Mylne-street. In this primitive hospital he establishe­d six beds, again – if tradition is correct – with the assistance of his landlord.

At the same time existed a society for the relief of poor sufferers, and Dr Sachse’s little hospital merged into the Darling Downs Benevolent Society, which had more commodious premises for the accommodat­ion of patients.

An applicatio­n was made to the Government for a grant of two acres of land on the south-east coroner of Ruthven and James streets, for the purpose of erecting a building thereon to suit the requiremen­ts of an increasing demand on the accommodat­ion of those seeking medical skill and nursing.

Designs were called for and specificat­ions drawn out, with the result that at the close of 1862 a building capable of accommodat­ing 50 to 60 patients was opened.

Toowoomba Chronicle and Darling Downs Gazette, March 5, 1925

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