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RAHS Walking Tour – Gladesville Hospital – One Ticket Left

July 27, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

$13 – $15

Gladesville Hospital’s Mortimer Lewis Building [Image courtesy Jennifer Farrer]

Walk through the grounds of Gladesville Hospital and its surrounds to see the gardens planted to calm troubled minds and the elegant 19th-century buildings built to reflect the new style of mental health treatment pioneered in Sydney by Dr Frederick Manning, the hospital’s first superintendent. The Gladesville Mental Hospital, originally known as the Tarban Creek Lunatic Asylum, was a psychiatric hospital established in 1838 in the suburb of Gladesville. It was Sydney’s first purpose-built asylum, and was officially closed in 1993, with in-patient services ceasing in 1997. A number of the hospital’s buildings and structures are heritage-listed.

Some of the buildings that will be viewed on the tour include the Medical Superintendent’s House (1878), the original buildings designed by Mortimer Lewis (1835-45), and later buildings designed by James Barnet (1876-78).

Attendees for the Gladesville Hospital Tour are advised to bring water and to wear closed walking shoes and a hat. The walk is mostly on paved paths but there are short distances on uneven ground. There are stairs to negotiate in several places and hills to walk up as well as down.


Please meet at the corner of Punt Road and Victoria Road, Gladesville.

Parking: Street parking is available nearby, along Punt Rd.

Public Transport: A bus stop is nearby the meeting place. Regular bus services travel along Victoria Rd.

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July 27, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$13 – $15


Royal Australian Historical Society
(02) 9247 8001


Gladesville Hospital
Victoria Rd
Gladesville, NSW 2111 Australia
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