Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
WCHN History and Heritage Collection

About the Women's and Children's Hospital

WCHN History and Heritage Collection

The WCHN has a collection of historical artefacts which is managed by the WCHN History and Heritage Group. This was originally formed as the ICONS Group in 1995 by retired Adelaide Children's Hospital Staff.

The WCHN History and Heritage Group aims to preserve, collect, collate, catalogue, store, display and interpret items of historical significance to the Women's and Children's Hospital and its predecessors the Adelaide Children's Hospital, the Queen Victoria Hospital and associated institutions (eg. Estcourt House and the former Child and Youth Health Services) in order to preserve, value and make accessible to the wider community their history and the significance of their work with regard to advances in child, youth and women’s health care in South Australia and nationally.

The WCHN History and Heritage Collection itself is mainly comprised of photographs of buildings, benefactors and staff, newsletters, nursing memorabilia, medical and surgical instruments (including an extensive range of obstetrical and gynaecological instruments), infant feeders, laboratory and X-ray equipment, toys and fundraising memorabilia.

The WCHN Heritage and History Group consists of retired hospital staff members, representatives of WCHN Executive and the Women's and Children's Hospital Foundation, a Museum Consultant/Curator, and current volunteers working on the History and Heritage Collection. The Group maintains changing exhibits in various areas within the hospital, and acts as a resource reference to interested personnel*.

Paper Mache training model Circa 1900. Kate Hill in her “sitting room” Basement Samuel Way Building Superintendent of Nurses 1891 - 1902

Paper Mache training model Circa 1900

Kate Hill in her "sitting room" Basement Samuel Way Building Superintendent of Nurses 1891 - 1902

For further information or to donate items to the collection*, please contact the Museum Consultant/Curator at:

Emily.Collins@sa.gov.au or on (08) 8161 8323.

*Please note that the History and Heritage Collection is infrequently attended, and there may be delays in replies to your correspondence.

*Due to resource limitations, the Group cannot attend to all personal research queries related to the history of the WCHN, and requires significant notice to fulfill any requests for information. Also please note that the Collection does not hold patient medical records or records from Human Resources regarding previous staff members.

last modified: 14 Jun 2017