Organisation Children's Hospital (1870 - 1953)


The Children's Hospital was established in 1870 as a small Hospital for Sick Children by William John Smith and John Singleton. The hospital was located at 39 Stephen Street.

An inaugural meeting for the hospital was held on 9 September 1870 at St James's Cathedral and here a committee of management was formed.


'The Children's Hospital was first listed by the University as a special hospital in 1912 and in the following year was recognized by faculty as a special hospital for clinical instruction although no lecturer in diseases of children was appointed.' (Russell, p. 127).

Sources used to compile this entry: Russell, Kenneth Fitzpatrick, The Melbourne Medical School 1862-1962, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, VIC, 1977.

Prepared by: Alannah Croom

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