Westwood Sanatorium on opening day 1919
Title Westwood Sanatorium on opening day 1919
Description This photograph was taken on the opening day of the 64-bed Westwood Sanatorium by the Home Secretary, Mr Huxham, on 7 September 1919. Two special trains travelled from Rockhampton for the event and approximately 2000 people attended. The hospital was built to treat Miner's Phthisis, a lung disease suffered by miners working in dusty conditions. By 1925, the incidence of this disease had decreased and the hospital then specialised in the treatment of tuberculosis (TB). Following the development of drugs to treat TB in the 1940's remaining patients were transferred to the Chest Clinic at the Rockhampton General Hospital in 1959. Westwood then became a nursing home until the 1980s. The property was sold and the buildings have since been relocated or demolished. This building is in use in 2011 as a private home in Emerald. (Information taken from: The Brisbane Courier, 08 September 1919 accessed at http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article20382187)
Image Number 48
Publisher Australian Country Hospital Heritage Association Inc.
Source (Original)
Subject Historic buildings
Subject Hospitals
Subject Rockhampton. Westwood Sanatorium
Subject Sanatorium
Coverage - Spatial Westwood, Queensland
Coverage - Time 07 September 1919
Format of Original photographic print: b&w 19.7 x 12 cm; scan .tif 9.3 MB 2331 x 1395 pixels
Digital Format image/jpeg
Rights This image is provided for the purpose of private study and research and must not be reproduced without the permission of the Australian Country Hospital Heritage Association Inc.