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Sydney Hospital

Inside the Central Wing of the old section.

The Sydney Hospital is a major hospital in Sydney, Australia, located on Macquarie Street in the Sydney central business district.

It is the oldest hospital in Australia, dating back to 1788, when Australia was first settled by the English, it has been at its current location since 1811.

It first attained the name Sydney Hospital in 1881 earlier it was called the Rum Hospital.

From 1788 to about 1810 it was mainly a tent hospital


.I had a question about the Rum Hospital. In Australia’s early days there was no money. All items were bought and sold in the Colony with rum. You could say rum was our currency.


1816 a new hospital was built by the then Governor Macquarie.

The Hospital comprised a South Wing, a North Wing and a Central building.

As well as being used as a hospital it had other varied uses and some reconstruction which was completed around 1894.

Currently the hospital comprises 113 inpatient beds, in a newer section and an excellent museum.


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Taken on August 11, 2010