Hutchinson Hospital Commemoration Stones
|Type of event||Commemoration|
|Town or locality||Gawler East|
|Date occurred or began||December 2, 1912|
|Date ended||October 14, 1967|
|Managed or hosted by||Board of Hutchinson Hospital|
The founding and maintaining of a hospital in Gawler was made possible by the funds from the estate of a Mr Thomas Hutchinson who died on the 30th of August 1901, and had been a resident of the town for over 50 years. The funds became available on the death of his wife on 12th April 1911. The family home in High Street was sold to provide the funds. The first Hospital Board was formed and at their first meeting on 28th August 1911 it was decided to purchase two acres of land, from a Mr Copley for 100 pounds, on an elevated site on East Terrace for the Hospital.
The well know Adelaide architect Mr Alfred Wells prepared the plans and on the 15th July 1912 a tender from J T Quinn & Co, of Hamley Bridge to erect the building at a cost of 3,346 pounds was accepted by the Board. This was actually the lowest tender.
This Foundation stone was laid by Sir Day Bosanquet, the Governor, on the afternoon of Monday the 2nd December 1912.
At a meeting of the Hospital Board on the 27th September 1913, Sister Treuman the matron of the Pinnaroo District Hospital, and formerly from the Kapunda Hospital, was appointed as matron. There were nine applications for the position. At the same meeting a letter from the Chief Secretary indicated that the Government were prepared to match pound for pound any bequests or donations made towards the building and its management.
The Hutchinson Hospital was officially opened on the 19th November 1913 by Mr A J Murray with a silver key presented to him by Mr E H Coombe, the Chairman of the Hospital Board. The capital value of the buildings was 5,761 pounds, 10 shillings and 6 pence. The Hospital comprised two wards of four to five beds in each, an operating room, four bedrooms and other facilities.
The Foundation stone of the Maternity Block was laid by Lady Bridges on Wednesday 28th April 1926. It was reported that a dust storm prevailed throughout the proceedings.The Foundation stone of the Maternity Block was laid by Lady Bridges on Wednesday 28th April 1926. It was reported that a dust storm prevailed throughout the proceedings.
The commemorative stone for the Nurses' Home was unveiled by the Chief Secretary the Honourable Sir A. Lyell McEwin on Staturday 16th February 1957.
Extensions designed by Stewart Game were opened on 14 Oct 1967 by Premier Don Dunstan.
A new maternity and gynaecological wing was opened in December1977.
- The Register. Adelaide. Wednesday 17th July 1912. page 5
- The Register. Adelaide. Wednesday 4th December 1912. page 9
- The Register. Adelaide. Tuesday 30th September 1913. page 9
- The Register. Adelaide. Friday 21st November 1913. page 5