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Nursing Uniforms of Royal Adelaide Hospital 1890 to 1990

1841 to 1890 In the first few decades of the Adelaide hospital the female staff  were married to men employed at the hospital,  female duties were of domestic and housekeeping skills rather than nursing.  Male staff were given the duties of attending to male patients, building maintenance and labouring tasks.   In the  1840’s Mrs Baye was performing

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2015 – On the Shoulders of Giants

Presented by Dr Peter S Hetzel AM, Emeritus Cardiologist, Royal Adelaide Hospital “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Isaac Newton wrote those words in a letter to his friend Robert Hook in 1675. I have chosen three giants and one giantess to

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Number 1 Operating Theatre

An operating theatre was part of the central building of the 1856 era Adelaide Hospital. The main block consisted of a consulting or casualty room and operating theatre. An account of a visit the Hospital in 1866 describes the ‘general operating room’ as comfortable and well suited for its secondary

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World War 1, Adelaide Hospital Nursing Staff: Sister Fannie Herring

As a probationer nurse, Fannie Herring was intent on a course of nursing and study that would see her achievements acknowledged with the Honours Medal, awarded for the first time in 1902. First class pass in all four subjects, Medicine, Surgery Ophthalmology, Gynaecology had to be obtained,  the Adelaide Hospital Board of

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1995 – Australia Remembers WWII 1945 – 1995

  Donald Beard AM FRACS FRCS     This address was delivered at the Foundation Day Address Ceremony held at Royal Adelaide Hospital on 12 July, 1995.     This is the year of Australia Remembers – remembering World War II and the fifty years subsequent.  I want to discuss

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1993 – For all Sorts and Conditions of Men

  Hugh Robert Gilmore, Emeritus Physician, Royal Adelaide Hospital      This address was delivered at the fifteenth Foundation Day Address Ceremony held at Royal Adelaide Hospital on 14 July, 1993.        It is customary on this yearly commemorative occasion to give a brief address on some aspect

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1992 – Hospital Organisational Structures and Royal Adelaide Hospital

  Brendon John Kearney, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Adelaide Hospital/Director, Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science     This address was delivered at the fourteenth Foundation Day Ceremony held at Royal Adelaide Hospital on 22 July, 1992.     It is generally recognised that large hospitals are complex organisations.  It

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1991 – Tuberculosis Control in South Australia

  Roger Clare Angove, Emeritus Physician, Royal Adelaide Hospital     This address was delivered at the thirteenth Foundation Day Address Ceremony held at Royal Adelaide Hospital on 17 July, 1991.      Past and present friends of the Royal Adelaide Hospital.   It is my duty today to address you

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1990 – Hope, History and the Royal Adelaide Hospital

  Peter Cahalan, Director, History Trust of South Australia     This address was delivered at the twelfth Foundation Day Address Ceremony held at Royal Adelaide Hospital on 15 July, 1990. It was an occasion of the sesquicentenary celebration of Royal Adelaide Hospital.     A celebration such as this

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1989 – ‘Lifelines’. The Blood Transfusion Service and Royal Adelaide Hospital

  Robert Beal, Interim Director, Blood Department, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Geneva     This address was delivered at the eleventh Foundation Day Address Ceremony held at Royal Adelaide Hospital on 12 July, 1989.     It is a signal privilege that you have given me

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