Explore collection items held at the Royal Adelaide Hospital Heritage Office:


Hand painted photographic image, circa 1890.Royal Adelaide Hospital Heritage Office Collection

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 the Royal Adelaide Hospital including:

  • Equipment and supplies used in patient treatment and research
  • Books, catalogues, invitations and reports
  • Archival materials such as journals, diaries, and photographs
  • Records relating to hospital employees and departments
  • Oral Histories

Calvary Hospital Collection

Since 2013, the RAH Heritage Office has been the custodian of the Calvary Hospital Collection. This diverse collection of materials relating to Calvary Hospital includes surgical equipment and midwifery objects. Calvary North Adelaide Hospital was established in 1900 by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary.


Dental Hospital, AdelaideSouth Australian Dental Historical Society Collection

In 2003, when the Dental Historical Society closed, the collection was donated to the Heritage Office. The collection contains objects relating to dental practice and treatment in South Australia.



The Queen Elizabeth Hospital CollectionBird Ventilator

The Heritage Committee of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital actively collects objects relating to the history of the hospital. The Heritage Office of the Royal Adelaide Hospital now holds a selection of items in its collection.



St John Illustrated BandagesSt John Ambulance Museum Collection


Museum Location: 72 Edmund Avenue, Unley SA 5061

Phone: 08 8306 6920

St John began in South Australia in 1885 and hold records dating back to the first First Aid classes conducted. The St John Ambulance Historical Society is dedicated to exhibiting, collecting and researching the work of St John volunteers over its long history. It has a large collection of artefacts, photographs, documents and uniforms.


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