Mooroopna Hospital

PHOTOS: Herb Goonan

PHOTOS: Glenn Busk

Mooroopna Hospital

McLennan St, Mooroopna, Victoria

During the early 20th century, the Mooroopna Hospital grew from a 2-bed wooden hut in 1876 to a 180-bed, largely brick building in 1940. 

The extraordinary nursing history commemorates the story of Jessie Edwards, the first nurse graduate in 1896 and Elsie Jones, DSO, OBE, the highly respected matron for some 46 years, among many others. During the Second World War, the worldís first regular direct blood transfusion service was established by local Red Cross members (Nance Gaylard and Mavis Newton) and general practitioners (Duncan Mackellar and Dick Kennedy). 

Fire gutted the historic old Mooroopna Hospital's laundry and main entry in the early hours of Sunday morning January 9th 2011. The Hospital's second floor also received major damage.

Engineering assessments have determined that repairing the damage was ‘probably not feasible’. The Hospital was fire was treated as suspicious.

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Apartments saved in fire at old Mooroopna hospital.

Investigators are probing a suspicious fire at a hospital in the state's north. The fire took hold in a disused building of the Mooroopna Hospital early this morning.

The fire is believed to have started about 5.15am in the old section of the double story building, which is partially renovated with residential units. No one was injured in the blaze and the damage bill is unknown but is believed to be substantial.

Police are calling for witnesses who may have seen anything suspicious. The fire engulfed the northwest side of the complex while the new section sustained only minor damage to its northeast corner.

CFA investigators have inspected the scene and an arson chemist will also attend. 

PHOTOS: Herb Goonan  |  Glenn Busk
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Craig Thorne

Shepparton, Australia