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by Gillian Ching (subscribe)
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Published September 20th 2019
Heritage Listed Former Maternity Hospital
With a panoramic view of Brisbane and set on 0.8 hectares of hilltop land on Windsor hill, the Boothville building stands proudly holding a unique place and story in Brisbane's history. From a home to a hospital and back to a home, Boothville has endured a unique past which has formed part of Brisbane's social and architectural landscape.

This grand, statuesque building was once known as Monte Video, and was built in 1887 for Henry Wallis Glenny, head office manager of the Queensland National Bank (QNB) from 1884 to 1892.

The house may have been designed by former colonial architect FDG Stanley, who designed a large number of bank offices and residences for the QNB, including the head office in Brisbane, erected 1881-85.

Opening of Boothville. Image courtesy Trove

In 1923 Monte Video was acquired by William Bramwell Booth, son of the English founder of the Salvation Army at a cost of 4000 pounds to create an Intermediary Hospital for Women accommodating 40 patients "in the hour of greatest trial." You see, Boothville specifically catered for unwed and vulnerable mothers who were sometimes the subject of cruel social criticism, judgement and ridicule.

Boothville was officially opened by the then Governor, Sir Matthew Nathan, at 3pm on 28 May 1924 who stressed "the great importance of the coming generation making its entry into the world under favourable conditions."

Photo courtesy Your Brisbane Past and Present

The hospital replaced the Salvation Army Maternity Home Breakfast Creek, which had opened in 1897 and closed upon the opening of Boothville.

Sadly, Boothville was also subject to children adoptions services. Boothville closed as a hospital in 1994 after nearly 7 decades. More than 80,000 babies were delivered at Boothville prior to its closing.

What does Boothville look like today?
Today the building still stands and has been converted into a private residence and sizable family home commanding the same sweeping views over Brisbane. The house was previously owned by Queensland gas mining magnate Richard Cottee and his wife Shauna.

Photo courtesy Your Brisbane Past and Present

The house features bay windows, fireplaces finely crafted timber joinery, plaster cornices and leadlights. Rooms include:

6 - 8 bedrooms
Multiple bathrooms
A Library
Formal office
Sewing room
Casual family room
Freestanding guest house

Boothville is heritage listed. It is fundamentally intact masonry residence together with the surviving grounds. As a private residence, it is not open to the public but is nice to admire from the street when you are next driving through the area and to understand it's unique part in our cities' history
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Why? See one of Brisbane's oldest former hospitals
When: Anytime from the curb. Not open for public viewing
Where: Seventh Avenue, Windsor Hill
Cost: Free
Your Comment
An interesting snippet of history Gillian
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9028) 738 days ago
‘“Sadly, Boothville was also subject to children adoptions services”
How so - Why ‘sadly’ and ‘subject to’?
by goods (score: 1|24) 736 days ago
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