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The Melbourne Lying-in Hospital

Join this Vicfix campaign to build up details on Melbourne's premier hospital for women

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About the Melbourne Lying-in Hospital

The Melbourne Lying-in Hospital and Infirmary for Diseases of Women and Children opened its doors to the colony's poorest and most needy women in 1856, just two decades after Melbourne was founded. Women travelled from as far as Sydney and Adelaide for treatment at the hospital, which in 1884 changed its name to the Women's Hospital and in 1954 became the Royal Women's Hospital.

Historic newspapers report on the hospital's valiant efforts in difficult conditions during the 19th century including its mortality rates, outbreak of fever (prompting a temporary closure in 1884), the building of a much-needed new wing in 1888, and the philanthropic and governmental support which enabled the Women's to add a midwifery department and expand its lodgings.

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Melbourne Lying-in Hospital

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