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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Merlin Hospital on the corner of Wilson and Langhorne Streets.

Merlin Private Hospital,was on the corner of Wilson and Langhorne Streets was still operating in 1939. It returned to being a private residence in 1944 and the building still survives.

Miss Matilda Shaw’s school for young ladies opened in 1874,in the house now known as Laurel Lodge, which she rented. In 1884 she had her own house built,further up the road, ‘Merlin’, at the corner of Langhorne and Wilson Streets and moved her school there.

At one stage, the school had 20 lady boarders. Both houses still survive. Miss Shaw kept her school going for a total of 19 years, closing the school in 1889 when she married. The school had a good reputation and was mentioned in the book Victoria and its Metropolis (Sutherland,1888:)

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