History Mystery. Can you solve our Coat of Arms conundrum?

The origin and meaning of Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre’s Coat of Arms has baffled us for some time. Historical Background 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 Ghostly Guardian – The Grey Nurse

Ghost stories are common within the hospital setting. In fact the Grey Nurse, the resident spectre of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) site, shares her name and similar characteristics with many hospital ghosts around the world. In most stories, the Grey Nurse is a benevolent force, providing assistance to patients and helping out the […]

Gone But Not Forgotten!

As the sun set on the official final day of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital, an eerie silence filled the corridors of a once bustling metropolitan hospital. From the cradle to the grave, with much in between, the hospital played a pivotal role in the lives of many patients, workers, and visitors, from its opening […]

World Hepatitis Day 2022

July 28 is World Hepatitis Day and ‘Hepatitis Can’t Wait’ is the Australian 2022 theme. This recognizes that in the ongoing Covid-19 epidemic, Australians can’t wait to act on eliminating hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. It can be brought on by alcohol, drugs, viruses and other toxins. Viral hepatitis refers to […]

Reflections – Glass in Medicine

On display at the South Australian Parliament Research Library from the 19th July 2022. Explores the many ways that glass is used in the hospital setting. Objects list: Fauldings Dispensing bottle of ‘Faulding’s Syrupus Simplex’ Faulding Medicinal Castor Oil Faulding ‘Emu Brand’ Eucalyptus Oil Faulding ‘Emu Brand’ Eucalyptus Oil Faulding Castor Oil Faulding’s Spirit of […]

Pharmaceutical Nostalgia

Recently the CALHN Health Museum received a large donation of pharmacy related items from Judy Rice. Judy, a former pharmacist, is an avid collector of pharmacy related items and we received many amazing items into our collection. However, one particular item stood out to me on more of a personal level, bringing back a wave […]

New Display Coming Soon!

Our display “Reflections” showcases how glass has played an important part in the development of medicine. Features are a late 19th century ruby glass dental cuspidor, a pair of blood filters, and prosthetic eyes, among many other diverse objects.  ‘Reflections’ show glass as not just beautiful but practical as well. Watch our website for upcoming […]

Operating Theatre Instrument Manual

To assist nursing students, Operating Theatre Instrument Manual’s had photographs of instrument trays and corresponding lists of equipment used. One of the responsibilities of a nursing theatre sister was to set up an instrument tray with the correct equipment for an operation. Each type of operation required its own particular instruments, laid out in a […]

Queen’s Jubilee – Our Royal Moment

In honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee, we share with you our moment in the presence of royalty. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital was granted its name by special proclamation when the Queen, who was visiting South Australia, opened State Parliament on 23rd March 1954. On the 21st February 1963, in an unscheduled […]

History Festival 2022 – Week 4

We are nearing the end of another memorable History Festival, however, we still have one more TQEH video to share. This video is from when The Queen Elizabeth Hospital was grouped with the Lyell McEwin Hospital to form the North Western Adelaide Health Service (NWAHS).


This week (16 to 22 May) is National Volunteer Week and the CALHN Health Museum wishes our volunteers ‘Happy Volunteer Week’ and acknowledges and celebrates their valuable contribution. We have volunteers at both Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital working on a variety of projects including conducting oral histories, organising and presenting events […]

History Festival 2022 – Week 2

With History Festival 2022 in full swing, I hope you have been able to enjoy some history related events. For this week’s TQEH retro video we have a video titled: ‘A History of Student Nursing 1959-1993’.