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Stead House (1973 - c. 2007)

  • Stead House

    Stead House, c. 1999, courtesy of Tropman & Tropman Architects.
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From
1973
To
c. 2007
Categories
Home, Hostel, Lying-in Home and Salvation Army
Alternative Names
  • Bethesda House

Stead House was opened at Marrickville in 1973 by the Salvation Army in 'Hopeleigh', which had been part of Bethesda Maternity Hospital. Stead House was opened as Bethesda House but its name was changed to honour the founding matron of the hospital. Stead House was a hostel for working girls and students and a home for unmarried mothers. It was closed in 2007.

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Stead House occupied the historic house Hopeleigh, which had served as nurses' quarters and a laundry for Bethesda Maternity Hospital since 1956. It was named after the founding matron of Bethesda Maternity Hospital, Lieutenant Colonel Doris Stead.

Stead House remained a hostel for women students and low income earners until the mid-2000s, when economic and fire regulation compliance issues became insurmountable. The Salvation Army sold the entire site in 2007 and between 2010-2012 the Bethesda Maternity Hospital building and Stead House were converted to apartments.

Location

1973 - 2007
Address - Stead House was situated at 12 Leicester Street, Marrickville. Location: Marrickville

Timeline

 c. 1910 - 1956 Hopeleigh Maternity Home
       1957 - 1973 Bethesda Maternity Hospital
             1973 - c. 2007 Stead House

Publications

Newspaper Articles

  • 'Apartment of the Week: 26/12 Leicester Street, Marrickville', Domain: Sydney Morning Herald, 25 August 2012. Details

Online Resources

Photos

Hopeleigh 1915
Title
Hopeleigh 1915
Type
Image
Date
1915
Source
Marrickville History Centre, Wikimedia Commons

Details

Bethesda Maternity Hospital 1927
Title
Bethesda Maternity Hospital 1927
Type
Image
Date
1927
Source
Marrickville History Centre, Wikimedia Commons

Details

Stead House
Title
Stead House
Type
Image
Date
c. 1999
Source
Tropman & Tropman Architects

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Stead House', in State Heritage Register, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, 18 March 1999, http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID=2030296; 'Apartment of the Week: 26/12 Leicester Street, Marrickville', Domain: Sydney Morning Herald, 25 August 2012; 'Stead House', in Wikipedia, 2012, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stead_House; The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory, 'Submission 46: EASTERN TERRITORY SOCIAL CENTRES: A list of openings, closings, and function', in Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care - Submissions received by the committee as at 17/3/05, Senate Community Affairs Committee, Commonwealth of Australia, June 2003, http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/Completed_inquiries/2004-07/inst_care/submissions/sublist.

Prepared by: Naomi Parry