- Rockhampton Heritage Village, 296 Boundary Road, Parkhurst QLD 4701
- Postal address
- PO Box 4035, Hospital Post Office, Rockhampton QLD 4700
- Opening hours
- Mon-Sun 9am-4pm
- Included in entry to Heritage Village
The Australian Country Hospital Heritage Association Inc (ACHHA) operates the Country Hospital Museum which is part of the Rockhampton Heritage Village. The Museum features a wide range of displays reflecting the workings of life in country hospitals in the latter part of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. The collection includes artefacts, memorabilia, photographs, records and oral histories and other stories from nursing, medical, dental and pharmaceutical sources.
The Museum building, formerly the Mt Morgan Hospital Matron and Sisters’ Quarters, features displays set out in rooms typical of those found in country hospitals in the past. As well as a central gallery, the museum features an equipped general ward, an operating theatre, a doctor’s office; a dentist’s treatment room, a pharmacy display, an infant care room, pan and treatment rooms and a typical nurse’s bedroom. An operational Iron Lung donated to the Rockhampton Hospital by the Nuffield Foundation in 1938 takes pride of place on the veranda, as was often the case in hospitals when these were vital equipment items. A selection of historic photographs is displayed throughout the building. There are a number of mannequins dressed in uniforms typical of the past, and a doll display depicting a wide range of uniforms is a notable feature.
While the basic layout of the museum is fixed, the Association is continuously developing a series of changing displays which will interest repeat visitors and highlight aspects of the collection. Examples are the role of country doctors and nurses in wartime, past hospital buildings, tuberculosis and poliomyelitis, Indigenous health at Woorabinda and Christmas in hospital wards.