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Preserving Hornsby’s history

As the redevelopment of Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital takes shape, behind the scenes is a dedicated team working hard to preserve its history.

With the hospital first delivering services in 1933, the site is steeped in history, which is why the hospital has set up an arts and cultural committee to look at how some of the artefacts can be kept.

Redevelopment Transition Manager Adrienne Stern said many of the historic medical equipment, which used to be on display in the original entrance to the hospital, will again be displayed with the committee looking at new ways to showcase the material.

As much as we look forward to working in our new built-for-purpose buildings, we also want to make sure we preserve our hospital’s history.
Redevelopment Transition Manager Adrienne Stern


“We have thousands of photographs which we have discovered in our archives that we would like to find a way of displaying.

“We hope to retain the sandstone columns that are outside the Lumby car park and we are also retaining the leadlight that was used in the windows at the former main entrance.”

It is hoped the sandstone gate pillars from the 1930s, with domed cement cap and ball domed plinths, at the original main entrance can be maintained and reused on the grounds.

Visitors and patients will still be able to visit the sandstone chapel which was built in the 1930s.

Also staying is the pair of lion statues made in 1944 as reminders of provision for British soldiers in Sydney during World War II and for their association with the maternity ward for 50 years from 1956 to 2006.

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