Sunset Hospital

Sunset Hospital is a former hospital and aged care facility located in Dalkeith, Western Australia. Built in 1906 under the name Claremont Old Men's Home, it once housed up to 750 men. The design of the house 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.

Design and function

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 half acre of washing line.[1]

Migration to Sunset

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]

References

  1. The history of Sunset Hospital. Whyntie, A.. B7 S Printing Perth. 1999. Copies available at City of Nedlands Local Studies library Nedlands
  2. 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. Department of the Environment.


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