Hospital on the Hill

Georges Heights, Sydney

In 2009 FRD was engaged in an important design project with the 21st Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Georges Heights. Building 21, originally one of the hospital's wards, was converted into a small exhibition space bringing back the history of the site to life.

With a real scale photographic image on the wall, the small space is expanded into the hospital ward that once was. A central element of the space is a publication designed by FRD together with Geoff Barnes, a voluntary researcher, which contains the countless stories of men and women who worked at the hospital or were there as patients.

The Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Georges Heights is a rare surviving example of World War I hutted hospital buildings. Dubbed the ‘hospital on the hill’, it took in wounded soldiers returning from the Western Front in Europe.

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