Royal Melbourne Hospital

Zone d'identification



Forme autorisée du nom

Royal Melbourne Hospital

Forme(s) parallèle(s) du nom

Autre(s) forme(s) du nom

  • The Royal Melbourne Hospital (The RMH)
  • Melbourne Hospital, 1848-1935
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital, 1935- present
  • Melbourne Health, 2000- present


  • Medical

Zone du contact





Adresse physique

The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Park Campus, 34-54 Poplar Road, Parkville





Nom du pays

Code postal



03 9342 4159



Zone de description


The Royal Melbourne Hospital is Victoria's oldest public hospital and a part of the Melbourne Health. For brief hospital histories see:

Contexte géographique et culturel

Textes de référence

Structure administrative

Gestion des archives courantes et intermédiaires et politiques de collecte

The Archives collects records relating to:

  • The Royal Melbourne Hospital (Melbourne Hospital from 1848 to 1935)
  • Melbourne Health
  • NorthWestern Mental Health
  • The Royal Melbourne Hospital - Royal Park Campus (the former Immigrants' Aid Society, Victorian Homes for Aged and Infirm, and Mount Royal Hospital).

Some records of the now defunct Essendon and District Memorial Hospital are also held.



Our major holdings include:

  • Minutes and papers of the Board of Management and committees of the hospital and network
  • Correspondence of the Chief Executive Officer
  • Annual reports
  • Senior medical staff minutes
  • Building plans, specifications and correspondence
  • Minutes, newspaper cuttings and annual reports of Hospital Auxiliaries
  • Papers, reports, brochures on the history of RMH nursing and nurse education
  • Newspaper cuttings and publicity material
  • Minutes of hospital related medical research foundations
  • Reports and correspondence of hospital departments
  • Photographs of staff, services and departments
  • Medical/surgical instruments, equipment and memorabilia
  • Oral histories
  • Essendon and District Memorial Hospital Minutes of Board Committees and annual reports
  • Minutes, annual reports and incomplete patient admittance registers are also held for the predecessor institutions to the RMH’s Royal Park Campus, including:

+ the Immigrants’ Aid Society (existed 1853-1902)
+ Victorian Homes for Aged and Infirm (existed 1902-1925)
+ Mount Royal Hospital (existed 1939-1991)

Patient medical records from 1856 to1910 are controlled by the Archives. Some original volumes of patient records from this period have been sent to the Public Record Office Victoria. Indices to these records are held within the RMH Archives.

Patient records after 1910 are not held in RMH Archives and all enquiries to access these records should be made to the hospital's Freedom of Information Unit via:, see

Instruments de recherche, guides et publications

Selected historical publications include:

  • Portraits of Care: A Pictorial Journey of the Royal Melbourne Hospital: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, published 2014
  • The Ever Open Door: A history of the Royal Melbourne Hospital, published 1998
  • Being There: Nursing at ‘the Melbourne’: Victoria’s first hospital, published 2005
  • Mount Royal: A Social History, published 1981
  • Memories Book – The Royal Melbourne Hospital Kiosk Auxiliary Volunteers, published 2010
  • A Pillar in the House of Healing – a history of the RMH Auxiliaries, 1922-2002

To purchase or download publications see:

Zone de l'accès

Heures d'ouverture

Access to the Archives is by appointment only.

Conditions d'accès et d'utilisation

Advance notice of a visit is required. An Access Agreement must be signed at the time of your initial visit. Access to records is determined in accordance with government legislation and guidelines, including the Public Records Act 1973 (Vic) and privacy legislation. Some records may be closed to the public.
All enquiries should be made via our online form at:


For public transport options to the RMH-Royal Park Campus see:
For parking options at the RMH-Royal Park Campus, including a site map see:
For access for people with disabilities, including a site map see:

Zone des services offerts

Services d'aide à la recherche

General reference assistance is available to visitors to Archives. Fees are levied for archives staff to undertake research or supply archival material for research purposes on behalf of researchers. For fees and an online enquiry form see:

Services de reproduction

Photocopying services are available.
Image reproduction fees are charged for the supply of photographic images and license fees for the use of photos for publication or commercial purposes may also be levied. For fees see:

Espaces publics

Zone du contrôle

Identifiant de la description

Identifiant du service d'archives

Règles et/ou conventions utilisées


Niveau de détail

Dates de production, de révision et de suppression

Revise 28 March 2018




Notes relatives à la mise à jour de la notice


Points d'accès

  • Medicine and Health (Thematic area)
  • Presse-papier

Contact principal

The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Park Campus, 34-54 Poplar Road, Parkville
Melbourne, Victoria 3052