Hospitals

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MIDWIVES, PRIVATE HOSPITALS AND CANTERBURY HOSPITAL

Until the Canterbury District Memorial Hospital Maternity Block was opened on 24th July 1954, local babies were usually born in one of a number of small private hospitals, located in suburban houses and often run by a midwife. Serious problems with deliveries may have been referred to the major women's hospitals at Redfern or Paddington. Possibly some of these midwives continued the practice of earlier generations of delivering babies at home.


Midwives and small hospitals were listed in the pink pages of telephone books. Campsie Library Local History Collection holds 1947 and 1952 phone books. It is not known which hospitals dealt only with maternity cases, as some would have provided general medical services. Birth certificates of many former residents who were born before the mid 1950s indicate they were born at one of these small hospitals or list one of these midwives. Unfortunately medical records for these institutions seem not to have survived.

The Canterbury Hospital annual report of 1955 highlights the need that the maternity unit immediately filled.

"The Maternity Block has filled a long-felt need in the Canterbury-Bankstown area and it is in such demand that already it is inadequate to fill the needs of our growing population. This Maternity Block of 45 beds with its own theatre, delivery wards and nurseries has been equipped with the latest and most modern equipment. . Over 100 babies are being born each month in Canterbury Hospital."


The new unit cost 21,000 pounds, of which 9,000 pounds was provided by the NSW Health Commission. Presumably the bulk of the remainder of the cost would have been raised by donations, fundraisers and subscriptions.


List of Private Hospitals
NAME STREET SUBURB SOURCE
Anderson BM 11 Jeffrey St Canterbury Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Ardee 14 Sudbury St Belmore Wise's Commercial Directory 1935; Sydney Telephone Directory 1947 & 1952
Bath DA 21 Bower St Lakemba Sydney Telephone Directory 1947
Bayview House King St Tempe Sydney Telephone Directory 1947
Braithwaite FS 40 William St Earlwood Sydney Telephone Directory 1947
Carr AM 21 The Boulevarde Lakemba Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Carter ML 20 Shaw Ave Earlwood Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Chaston MJ 58 Linda St North Belmore (now Belfield) Sydney Telephone Directory 1947
Chown MV 51 Highcliff Rd Undercliffe (now Earlwood) Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Cooke GA Sister 111 Rosemont St Punchbowl Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Currie C Sister 449 Homer St Earlwood Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Daley EB 31 Beaumont St Campsie Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Davies HR 17 Duntroon St Hurlstone Park Sydney Telephone Directory 1947 & 1952
Dickson HF 20 Woodlands Ave Ashfield (now Ashbury) Sydney Telephone Directory 1947
Dransfield E 40 Canterbury Rd Hurlstone Park Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Dyer LM 10 Melville Rd Ashbury Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Ellis ER 33 Lucerne St Belmore Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Fiford Mrs E 62 Brighton Ave Croydon Park Wise's Commercial Directory 1935
Fitzgerald C 42 Marlowe St Campsie Sydney Telephone Directory 1947
Foster ZW Quigg St Lakemba Sydney Telephone Directory 1947
Gallagher M Matron 78 Crinan St Hurlstone Park Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Green CE Sister 38 William St Earlwood Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Harrison H 146 Bayview Ave Earlwood Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Hill M Sister 103 Clissold Pde Campsie Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Hines EE 9 Manildra Rd Earlwood Sydney Telephone Directory 1947 & 1952
Hooker E Sister 20 Leonora Rd Earlwood Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Howe I 17 Kingsgrove Rd Belmore Sydney Telephone Directory 1947 & 1952
Hulme M 27 South Pde Campsie Sydney Telephone Directory 1947
Jones DN 12 Waverley St Belmore Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Jones M 103 Clissold Pde Campsie Sydney Telephone Directory 1947
Kerr CJ 49 Fore St Canterbury Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Kinsey DA 86 Rossmore Ave Punchbowl Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Kidson Mrs M 7 Messiter St Campsie Wise's Commercial Directory 1935 & Sydney Telephone Directory 1947
Lancaster E Matron 20 Reginald Ave Belmore Sydney Telephone Directory 1947
Langley MA 32 Clarke St Earlwood Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Leis J 672 Punchbowl Rd Punchbowl Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Levee GA Mrs 150 Croydon Ave Croydon Park Sydney Telephone Directory 1947 & 1952
Mackley LJ 42 Campsie St Campsie Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Macleay Private Hospital 25 Redman Pde Belmore Wise's Commercial Directory 1935 & Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Mangan M 10 Moreton Ave Kingsgrove Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Martin L 52 Bayview Ave Undercliffe (now Earlwood) Sydney Telephone Directory 1947 & 1952
Mason L 39 Urunga Pde Punchbowl Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
May GM & EN 20 Kennedy Ave Belmore Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Nash Miss J 38 William St Earlwood Wise's Commercial Directory 1935
McQuoid B 112 Rossmore Ave Punchbowl Sydney Telephone Directory 1947 & 1952
Pascoe C Matron 38 William St Earlwood Sydney Telephone Directory 1947
Pearce GD 2 Ferrier Pde Campsie Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Purcell EA 61 Trafalgar St Belmore Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Randall A 25 Redman Pde Belmore Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Richards M 53 Cowper St Campsie Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Romani 152 Homer St Earlwood Wise's Commercial Directory 1935
Ross S 35 William St Earlwood Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Simons JE Old Canterbury Road Hurlstone Park Sydney Telephone Directory 1947
Shaw IE 6 Samuel St Lakemba Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
St Helens 71 William St Earlwood Wise's Commercial Directory 1935
Tatham E 109 Duntroon St Hurlstone Park Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Taylor RS 2 Willeroo St Lakemba Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Thorburn JJ 48 Marana Rd Earlwood Sydney Telephone Directory 1952
Wardhaugh 64 Lakemba St Belmore Sydney Telephone Directory 1947
Warland RM 547 Homer St Earlwood Sydney Telephone Directory 1947
Whitton M Matron 67 William St Earlwood Sydney Telephone Directory 1947 & 1952
Williams B 1 Trafalgar St Belmore Sydney Telephone Directory 1947
Wright BM 21 The Boulevarde Lakemba Sydney Telephone Directory 1947
Wyoming 21 The Boulevarde Lakemba Wise's Commercial Directory 1935

Sources

Canterbury District Memorial Hospital 26th annual report and balance sheet for year ended 30th June 1955

Sydney Telephone Directory 1947

Wise's Commercial Directory 1935

Sydney Telephone Directory 1952