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Friday, April 1, 2016

Private Hospital, Mason Street, Dandenong, September 1969.

Before the opening of the Public Hospital in the early 1940s, Dandenong relied on the services offered by their local G.P. or one of the handful of privately-owned and operated hospitals such as this one on Mason Street, Dandenong. Medicine varied with each Doctor or Hospital in this period, often being made for the patient specifically.

This particular private hospital was constructed on part of the property formally known as Trimby Homestead and Gardens. Trimby Homestead had been an 18sqm brick home with gardens that was a family home prior to 1967 and had been demolished sometime in 1968-1969.

The freehold of the property had been purchased by a Dromana businessman and initial construction of the 34 bed Private Hospital had begun in September 1968. The hospital was built with the intention of catering for all age groups including convalescents.

Upon opening it was known as Dandenong Private Hospital. It was leased by a Mr & Mrs A. Haworth, with Mrs Haworth holding the position of Matron. The building was there for over 30 years surviving through until 2001 when the 'Revitalizing Central Dandenong' initiative took effect resulting in the removal of multiple buildings in the surrounding area including the former Private Hospital.

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