The origin and meaning of Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre’s Coat of Arms has baffled us for some time.
Facing Hampstead Road, our heritage listed building has proudly displayed the Coat of Arms since the hospital was opened in 1932 as the Metropolitan Infectious Diseases Hospital, Northfield.
At that time, the hospital was controlled by the Metropolitan Board of Health and was financed by local councils.
In 1948, control passed to the Royal Adelaide Hospital and the facility was renamed the Northfield Wards. The Northfield Wards combined with the nearby Morris Hospital in the 1980s and was repurposed as the Hampstead Centre, now Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre.
If you have any information about the Coat of Arms we would be pleased to hear from you!
We can be contacted at: Health.RAHHeritageOffice@sa.gov.au
Written by Jacquelyne Ladner, CALHN Health Museum