Celebrate 150 Years of The Royal Children’s Hospital
On September 9, 1870, the Melbourne Free Hospital for Sick Children opened its doors in the city with only six rooms. There’ve been some changes since that Friday – it’s now based in Parkville, where it’s known and esteemed as The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) – but its mission remains the same: to care for ailing kids.
The RCH has excelled at this work for the last 150 years, and it’s now regarded as one of the best in the world for paediatric care. To commemorate its sesquicentenary, it’s hosting a year-long celebration of its achievements – and a glimpse into its future – called RCH150.
RCH150 will involve a bunch of different events spread out throughout the year. The Hospital Heroes Gallery will highlight some of the staff who work tirelessly to keep the place ticking over. Delivered in collaboration with RMIT University photography students, the gallery is free for all visitors.
The hospital’s landmark achievements will be documented in the Historical Room and Gallery on the first floor of the hospital which will be open for the public to visit in late March.
RCH150 will also see the commissioning of two major works of art created by First Nations artists to be permanently installed within the hospital’s Parkville campus in July, to acknowledge the contributions and importance of Australia’s First Peoples.
Later in the year, UooUoo (pronounced You-You), a specially designed sculpture by artist Alexander Knox will pop up in streets, parks and laneways through Melbourne and Geelong as part of Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail – along with 99 other iterations of the globular and loveable creatures.
Broadsheet is a proud media partner of The Royal Children’s Hospital during its 150th year.