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Western Australia - Organisation

Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (1909 - 2018)

From
1909
To
10 June 2018
Categories
Care Provider, Home and Hospital
Alternative Names
  • Children's Hospital (originally known as, 1909 - 1949)
  • Perth Children's Hospital (also known as, 1909 - 1949)
  • PMH (acronym)

Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH) was established in 1909 in Subiaco as the Perth Children's Hospital. It was common for children who were in out of home 'care' to be sent there for medical treatment, and children with intellectual disabilities or serious medical conditions sometimes lived at the hospital. On 10 June 2018 the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children closed when the Perth Children's Hospital opened.

Details

Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH) was established in 1909 as the Perth Children's Hospital Inc on the corner of Thomas and Hay Streets in Subiaco. A children's ward at the Perth Public Hospital had opened in 1900 but the demands of a rapidly growing population led to the need for a dedicated children's hospital.

In 1949, the Perth Children's Hospital was renamed after Princess Margaret. Many children who were in out of home care were treated in the Perth Children's/Princess Margaret Hospital, and other children with intellectual disabilities or serious medical conditions sometimes lived there.

The Princess Margaret Hospital for Children closed on 10 June 2018 when the Perth Children's Hospital opened.

Events

1909 - June 2018
Address - Princess Margaret Hospital for Children was located on the corner of Thomas and Hay Streets in Subiaco. Location: Subiaco

Related Events

Related Glossary Terms

  • Intellectual Disability

    Children with profound intellectual disabilities lived in a special ward at PMH up to the mid-1970s. Princess Margaret Hospital also had a Child Guidance Clinic and assessment centre.

Related Organisations

  • Devonleigh (1977? - 1987)

    Children may have been transferred between Devonleigh and Princess Margaret Hospital.

  • Government Receiving Depot (1907 - 1935)

    Children who had to come to Perth for treatment at the children's hospital and who had no family to stay with were often admitted to the Government Receiving Depot.

  • Government Receiving Home (1935 - 1952)

    Children who had to come to Perth for treatment at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children , and who had no family to stay with, were often admitted to the Government Receiving Home.

  • Lady Lawley Cottage by the Sea (1903 - 2020)

    Children who were in out of home care often went to Lady Lawley Cottage to convalesce after treatment in the children's hospital that was originally the Perth Children's Hospital and later became known as Princess Margaret Hospital. In 1942, children were evacuated from Lady Lawley Cottage to the hospital.

    Date: 1909 -

  • Methodist Children's Home (1922 - 1959)

    The Methodist Children's Home sometimes sent sick children to the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children for treatment.

  • Mt Lawley Reception Home (1973 - 1980)

    Children who had to come to Perth for treatment at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children , and who had no family to stay with, were often admitted to the Mt Lawley Reception Home.

  • St Joseph's Preventorium (1929 - 1976)

    Children were sent to St Joseph's Preventorium from the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.

    Date: 1929 - 1975

Publications

Books

  • Chate, A.H.; Graham, Bruce; Oakley, Glenda, Date it!: a Western Australian chronology to 1929, Friends of the Battye Library (Inc.), Northbridge, Western Australia, 1991. p.35. Details
  • Ellis, A.S., Eloquent Testimony : the Story of the Mental Health Services in Western Australia, 1830-1975, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, Western Australia, 1984. p.161. Details

Book Sections

  • Bennett, Christobel, 'Princess Margaret Hospital', in Gregory, Jenny and Jan Gothard [editors] (eds), Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, W.A., 2009, pp. 721-722. Details
  • Stella, Leonie, 'Normalisation and Beyond: Public Sector Residential Care 1965-1990', in Errol Cocks (ed.), Under blue skies : the social construction of intellectual disability in Western Australia, Centre for Disability Research and Development, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Perth, 1996, pp. 92-136. p.99. Details

Online Resources

Photos

BA533/547: Christmas at Perth Childrens' Hospital, 1922
Title
BA533/547: Christmas at Perth Childrens' Hospital, 1922
Type
Image
Date
1922
Creator
Mitchell, E. L. (Ernest Lund)
Source
E.L. Mitchell collection of photographs, State Library of Western Australia

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: 'AU WA A679 - Princess Margaret Hospital for Children', in State Records Office of Western Australia - Organisations & People, State Records Office of Western Australia, 2015, https://archive.sro.wa.gov.au/index.php/princess-margaret-hospital-for-children-au-wa-a679; 'AU WA A680 - Children's Hospital', in State Records Office of Western Australia - Organisations & People, State Records Office of Western Australia, 2015, https://archive.sro.wa.gov.au/index.php/childrens-hospital-au-wa-a680; Bennett, Christobel, 'Princess Margaret Hospital', in Gregory, Jenny and Jan Gothard [editors] (eds), Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, W.A., 2009, pp. 721-722; Chate, A.H; Graham, Bruce; Oakley, Glenda, Date it!: a Western Australian chronology to 1929, Friends of the Battye Library (Inc.), Northbridge, Western Australia, 1991. p.35.; Ellis, A.S., Eloquent Testimony : the Story of the Mental Health Services in Western Australia, 1830-1975, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, Western Australia, 1984. p.161.; Stella, Leonie, 'Normalisation and Beyond: Public Sector Residential Care 1965-1990', in Errol Cocks (ed.), Under blue skies : the social construction of intellectual disability in Western Australia, Centre for Disability Research and Development, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Perth, 1996, pp. 92-136. p.99.; Government of Western Australia Child and Adolescent Health Service, 'About Us', 2018, http://pch.health.wa.gov.au/About-us.

Prepared by: Debra Rosser