Nursing History, Medical history, doctors history, hospital building history

Welcome to the Website of the Australian Country Hospital Heritage Association Inc.

Our role is to collect, preserve, maintain and display significant objects, equipment, memorabilia, oral histories and photographs pertaining to the history of health care in country hospitals, especially in Central Queensland. Our display is located at the Rockhampton City Council owned Heritage Village, an active museum situated in 18 hectares of native bushland on the Bruce Highway. The Village represents a unique re-creation of original buildings, homesteads and businesses representing the 100 year period from the mid-1850s. Our building, the former Mt Morgan Hospital Matron and Sisters' Quarters, and the displays developed within it, add another dimension to the Village.

We invite you to join our Association , or simply visit our collection centre at the Village which is located on the eastern side of the Bruce Highway just north of Rockhampton. The Country Hospital Museum is open daily as part of the Rockhampton Heritage Village.

Find out more about us.

By clicking on the links at the top of this page, you will be given the chance to view a small selection of our collection, especially historic photographs and stories. You will also be able to read about important events in which we have been involved, and find the information necessary to join our Association.

For a general update on our activities, please click here to go to our News and Events page.

International Nurses Day Celebrations 2018

International Nurses Day is an annual opportunity to celebrate the role of nurses in health care provision. In 2018, the International Nurses Day Organising Committee has arranged a function at the Rockhampton Golf Club at 6:30 pm on Friday, 11th May. The theme of the function is "Celebrating Nurses". To download a flyer which provides more information about the function, click here.

ANZAC Centenary - Commemorating the Role of Nurses

Our Association is commemorating the centenary of World War 1 by researching nurses with links to Rockhampton and surrounding towns who served in the Australian Army Nursing Service in World War 1. The research and display presentations have been an on-going task for our Vice-President, Ashley Reid. The fifty-nine nurses included in this study are a small sample of more than 2000 nurses who served. However, we believe that research undertaken anywhere in regional Australia will produce similar accounts. Read the stories of this remarkable group of women by following this link.