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Royal Melbourne Hospital

Join this Vicfix campaign to retrace the early days of Melbourne's first hospital

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About Royal Melbourne Hospital

Melbourne's first hospital was a two-roomed log hut that shared space with a post office and police office. Five years later, in 1846, the foundation stone for more appropriate accommodation – well, a 10-bed, two-storey cottage – was laid on the corner of Lonsdale and Swanston Streets.

Contemporary reports from the 1840s reveal the fundraising, squabbles and politicising that went on behind the scenes of the hospital's establishment, tendering and staffing. On its opening day in March 1848, the hospital welcomed six patients: two inpatients and four outpatients. In its first year, 89 inpatients and 98 outpatients were treated.

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First Melbourne hospital, Stringer, Mason & Co, c 1850

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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