St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne was founded in 1893 by the Sisters of Charity, pioneers in Australian healthcare, particularly directed to those most in need. Today the hospital operates over 17 sites including its original base in the inner suburb of Fitzroy, and the Caritas Christi Hospice and St George's Hospital campuses in Kew.
The hospital's history is well documented in published histories and biographies including Bryan Egan's centenary history "Ways of a Hospital: St Vincent's Melbourne 1890s-1990s"
The hospital archives was established in 2000. More information on the foundation of this service can be found in an article by B. Cytowicz in News Notes, Archives and Manuscripts, Vol 30, No 2 (November 2002).
Geografische en culturele context
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St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne is part of the St Vincent's Health Australia network which in turn reports to Mary Aikenhead Ministries. The Sisters of Charity have their own Congregational Archives in Sydney and a museum is also in development there in 2018.
Records management and collecting policies
The St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Archives and Heritage Centre collects items (records and artefacts) that tell the story of the hospital from its foundation in 1893 to the present day. Particular priorities include material relevant to the hospital’s mission and culture, its growth and development, its areas of key responsibility and achievement, and the social context in which it has operated. The collection grows through both departmental transfers and donations of material.
Annual reports, 1893- present
Photographs of hospital staff, services, departments, celebrations and building works, 1890s- present
Surgeons' and physicians' case books, 1893-1910
Registers of nurses in the training school, 1893-1993
Nurses' identification and training records, c1929-1993
Minutes and papers of executive and management committees, 1920s- present
Chief Executive Officer files
Oral histories and research and manuscript papers for hospital histories
Press cuttings and publicity material
Staff newsletters, 1960s- present
Past Nurses' Association papers, 1920s- present
Instruments and artefacts associated with hospital surgeons, physicians or nursing education
Site plans and plans for hospital buildings, 1930s-1990s
Toegangen, gidsen en publicaties
The Centre is staffed on a part-time basis. It is open to researchers and other visitors by appointment Wednesday to Friday. Closed on public holidays.
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Intending visitors should contact the Archivist with details of the nature and purpose of their research prior to their visit. There are access restrictions to some records in accordance with legislative, administrative and donor requirements.