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Z Ward of Glenside Hospital

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by The Curious Observer (subscribe)
Photog, foodie, travel enthusiast and curious observer who has recently moved to Adelaide.
Published June 11th 2018
For the brave at heart
Looking for something a little bit different? Not sure what to do? How about a tour of Z-Ward…



Z Ward as it is was nicknamed, was home to the criminally insane, located within the former Glenside Mental Hospital. Originally built (completed) in 1886, it was home to some of South Australia's murderers, rapists and those with severe mental health issues. The ward catered for up to 40 patients at a time and when it closed in 1973, inmates were relocated to other jails around the state.

After the closure of the asylum, the site sat unoccupied for many years, apart from being used as a storage site. It was after an outpouring of community support and a desire to restore the building for historical purposes, that it later was reopened in 2014.



Historical tours are offered of the site. The tours explore the architecture and social history of this remarkable building.

However, if you are after a more ghostly experience, Adelaide Haunted Horizons run night ghost tours of the site.

Whilst I went on a day tour, standing in the small cells and walking through the dark cold corridors, where I felt most uncomfortable. Well worth the trip back through history.


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Phone: 08 8223 1234
Website: zward.com.au
Where: 63 Conyngham St, Glenside SA 5065
Cost: $
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