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Museum at PA Hospital

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Published August 11th 2015
Now - a decent reason to go to hospital
I recently accompanied a friend as a guest to a cocktail party that was being held at the Diamantina Healthcare Museum. I'll repeat that - the Diamantina Healthcare Museum.

Now despite having lived in Brisbane for nearly twenty years, this destination was a new one to me.

Does it ring any bells for you?

Imagine my surprise as we drove into the car park of the Princess Alexandra Hospital, at Woolloongabba.

Admittedly, I am one of those whom tend to avoid hospitals, and am totally unfamiliar with the P.A, as she is affectionately known. The prudent option was to follow my colleague to The Dispenser's House, the only remaining building on this site from those early days in Brisbane when the hospital was known as the Diamantina Hospital for Chronic Diseases.

The house is a wooden structure of 7 squares with 2 verandas and 32 wooden stumps and was built in 1909 for the Dispenser. This in itself is a fascinating insight into both early Brisbane architecture and history.
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Local History

However, the Diamantina Health Care Museum Association, a not for profit institution, also acquires, conserves and exhibits materials of significance in health and nursing care.

These surgical and nursing implements are exhibited throughout the rooms of The Dispenser's House and are also most interesting. Included in the collection are nursing uniforms, surgical equipment, and even - much to my discomfort - original, metal, replacement hip joints !

Also discover the history behind the Diamantina Hospital for Chronic Diseases. Just who was Contessa Diamantina Roma? Neither of these names should be unfamiliar to Queenslanders...

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Diamantina Roma, or Lady Bowen

The Museum is Open:
Wednesday's 11am till 2:30pm
Sunday's 12pm till 2pm

There is No Entry Fee

If you have to visit a patient at the Princess Alexandra, or are driving close by, then find an extra thirty minutes to learn a little more about Brisbane's past. Even without a cocktail, you will enjoy the experience!
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Why? Learn more about Brisbane's history
When: Wednedays 11am to 2:30pm/Sundays 12pm to 2pm
Where: Grounds of P A Hospital, Woolloongabba
Cost: No Charge
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