Health Museum of South Australia

Hand painted photographic image, circa 1890. A fire alarm lit the bulb inside the panel which named the location of the fire. Made by Robert Norman from whale bone with string pulleys. In recognition of Medical Superintendent Turner The Begg Society of Orthodontics

Welcome to the Health Museum of South Australia

The physical structure of an institution is important, but a hospital is more than bricks and mortar, and it is the people who work in it, who give it quality and tradition.  –  J. Estcourt Hughes


Collection items can be accessed through the top tabs, and also through the

Health Museum of South Australia eHive catalogue.



Royal Adelaide Hospital – Celebrating 175 Years

 The Foundation Stone for the original Adelaide Hospital

was laid on 15 July 1840

Foundation Day 2015

William Wyatt Oration

“On the Shoulders of Giants”

Presented by Dr Peter S Hetzel AM


Royal Adelaide Hospital Nursing Uniforms






Courage and Compassion – War and Peace

1914-1918 Star Medal

This continually growing collection of images, biographies and diaries demonstrates the experiences of the nurses, doctors and surgeons of the (Royal) Adelaide Hospital who devoted their skills to serving in the Australian Forces.

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Foundation Day Addresses

The Foundation Stone

The Foundation Stone

The Royal Adelaide Hospital Chapel Committee initiated the idea of a Commemoration Day to acknowledge and bring focus to the foundation of the hospital. The first Foundation Day Address was delivered in 1979. This collection will include all the Addresses delivered from 1979 to the present year.







Royal Adelaide Hospital Heritage Office


The Heritage Office has been a functioning unit of the Royal Adelaide Hospital since the 1980s and actively seeks and collects items that have been part of the medical, corporate, academic or social life of South Australian medical history.