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1890s Annandale A Short Walk second edition Marghanita da Cruz with line drawing of Church with steeple

1890s Annandale: A Short Walk

Paperback and eBook (for Available on the iBookstoreiTunes, iPad, iPhone, KindleKindle, nooknook or lulu buy nowLulu) takes you on a self guided walk through Annandale of the 1890s...more

Paperback available at Annandale Village Newsagent, Johnston Street.


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Queen Victoria Maternity Home (Queen Victoria Hospital for Women and Babies) 1895-1976

The Queen Victoria Maternity Home operated in Annandale Cottage.

Annandale Cottage, 1891

NORTH ANNANDALE -For SALE, a handsome Detached Villa RESIDENCE, contains drawing and dining rooms, four bedrooms, servan't room, bathroom, kitchen, laundry, pantry , and every convenience of first-class family residence. This property is situated on the highest point of the Annandale Estage, has perfect drainage, every convenience for stabling if required. The ground has afrontage of 33ft to Albion-Street between Johnston and Annandale Streets, by 140 fr deept o a lane at rear. Cash or t. Apply on Prmises, or Owen Ridge 25 Annandale Street. 1891 'Advertising.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 18 April, p. 12, viewed 22 January, 2014,

The Queen Victoria Maternity home once operated out of 61 Albion Street, Annandale. It opened in 1895 for unmarried mothers for whom no charge was made. Matron Attenborough took charge in 1896 and remained their until 26 Nov 2011)

1899 Annual report

George Lewis founded the Hospital for unmarried mothers in 1898. Henrietta Attenborough arrived in Australia in 1887 and was Matron 1898-1924. On her death the hospital was bequeath to the Presbyterian

"Mr. George Lewis, the first chief electoral officer of the Commonwealth, one of the founders of the Boys' Brigade, a worker for the Congregational and Presbyterian Churches, and a man who devoted tho best years of his life in the cause of the poor and the unfortunate, has passed away...
Twenty nine years ago Mr. Lewis was instrumental in the establishment of the Queen Victoria Maternity Home, at Annandale, and from his own pocket purchased property, which is now valued at £2000." - 1925 'MR. GEORGE LEWIS.', The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), 2 June, p. 8, viewed 22 January, 2012,

My 2 boys were born there in 1965-1966. The unwed mothers attended the others until they were due to have their babies. When the children were born to the unwed mothers they were taken away and put for adoption. We, the married mothers expressed milk every day and it was picked up by the"milk wagon" and taken to Camperdown hospital where the babies had been taken....Jean (viewed 26 November 2011)

She taught at a Catholic school and then became a child welfare worker at the Queen Victoria Hospital, Annandale, assisting in the adoption of children of unmarried mothers. ...Joan Papayanni, 1939-2011 (SMH viewed 26 Nov 2011)

Known Consequences of Separating Mother and Child at Birth (1995)

Chapter 2 - Attitudes towards adoption:Early twentieth century: adoption as an alternative to institutionalisation, Post-war period: clean break theory, Post-war period: adoption practicesCommonwealth Contribution to Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices 29 February 2012...more

The social work records for the hospital are held by the Department of Community Services Family Information Service...Records Managed by Department of Community Services (1992 - 2009), Royal Hospital for Women (1905 - ), Confinement books, Queen Victoria Hospital for Women and Babies (1910 - 1978), Medical Records, Queen Victoria Hospital for Women and Babies (1957 - 1976)

This page last updated: 22 January 2014.