Sunset Hospital

Sunset Hospital is a former hospital and aged care facility located in Dalkeith, Western Australia. Built in 1906 as the Claremont Old Men's Home, it once housed up to 750 men. The design was based on a military model, made from large stone blocks quarried from local limestone with accommodation for 400 men. It included an infirmary and a hospital.

Sunset Hospital
Sunset Hospital, May 2020 05.jpg
Sunset Hospital in May 2020
Geography
LocationDalkeith, City of Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia
Coordinates32°00′05″S 115°48′13″E / 32.001505°S 115.803719°E / -32.001505; 115.803719 (Sunset Hospital)Coordinates: 32°00′05″S 115°48′13″E / 32.001505°S 115.803719°E / -32.001505; 115.803719 (Sunset Hospital)
History
Former name(s)
  • Claremont Old Men's Home
  • Sunset Hospital (from 1943)
Opened1906; 117 years ago (1906)
Closed1995; 28 years ago (1995)
Links
ListsHospitals in Australia
Building details
General information
TypeHeritage listed building
TypeState Registered Place
Designated2 September 1997
Reference no.3374
Official nameSunset Hospital and Reserve
TypeHistoric
Reference no.105913
Place File Number5/11/018/0013

Design and functionEdit

The design comprised three main blocks. Each of these in turn had L shaped dormitories with ablutions placed centrally in an inner quadrangle with two padded cells in B block. There was also a spacious dining room and laundry which had a further 2,000 square metres (0.5 acres) of washing line.[1]

Migration to SunsetEdit

Its name was changed in 1943 to Sunset Hospital, and it was decommissioned in 1995. It was classified by the National Trust in 1993 and heritage listed in 1997.[2][3]

On 10 January 2013, the Premier of Western Australia, Colin Barnett announced that the site of the former Sunset Hospital would be reopened to the community. A$275,000 was committed to renovate the 8.5 hectares (21 acres) site. To pay for the restoration, 1,500 square metres (16,000 sq ft) of the site would be sold. Under the plan, all heritage listed buildings would be retained.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The history of Sunset Hospital. Whyntie, A.. B7 S Printing Perth. 1999. Copies available at City of Nedlands Local Studies library Nedlands
  2. ^ a b Spooner, Rania (2013). "WA Today - Historic Dalkeith site to be restored" (PDF). Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Sunset Hospital and Reserve, Birdwood Pde, Dalkeith, WA, AustraliaEmery Point Lighthouse (Place ID 105913)". Australian Heritage Database. Australian Government.

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