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South Australia - Organisation

The Babies' Hospital Association (1913 - 1951)

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The Babies' Hospital Association was established in 1913, by a group of prominent philanthropic women and concerned Adelaide doctors. They initially established a home for sick infants at Quambi Nursing Home in North Adelaide. In 1915 they established the Babies' Hospital at St Peters and in 1917, the Mareeba Babies' Hospital. The Association disbanded in 1951 at which time the Mareeba Babies' Hospital came under the control of the Adelaide Children's Hospital.


The Babies' Hospital Association came about in 1913 when a group of prominent philanthropic ladies and concerned Adelaide doctors formed a committee to address the lack of hospital accommodation for sick infants under two years of age.


Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005,; 'SRG8 Series List: The Babies' Hospital Association', in Archival Documents, State Library of South Australia,

Prepared by: Melissa Downing