The State Government will conserve and protect Royal Perth Hospital’s (RPH) original buildings and gardens as a heritage precinct for future generations.
Heritage Minister John Castrilli and Health Minister Kim Hames today announced that the RPH Heritage Precinct would be placed on the State Register of Heritage Places.
“For more than 150 years, RPH has been at the forefront of healthcare for generations of Western Australian families,” Mr Castrilli said.
“Today, it is one of the oldest hospital complexes in continuous use in Australia.”
Mr Castrilli said the precinct included WA’s first purpose-built public hospital, the Colonial Hospital constructed in 1855, as well as Kirkman House, the Administration Building and the Cancer Clinic.
“Each of these buildings is significant in their own right and demonstrates how medical practices and architectural styles have changed,” he said.
“The heritage precinct also includes the hospital’s landmark Moreton Bay Fig and the associated gardens, which have provided a peaceful oasis for patients and their families.”
Mr Castrilli said the significance of the RPH Heritage Precinct lay in more than just the bricks and mortar of the buildings.
“Its cultural significance also lies in the stories of the people associated with this hospital since the early days of our colony - the doctors, nurses, administrative staff, voluntary workers, benevolent contributors, board members, architects and its patients and their families,” he said.
“The heritage listing of this precinct will ensure their stories continue to be told and that the buildings and gardens are protected by the Heritage of Western Australia Act for future generations.”
Dr Hames said the Liberal-National Government had come into office with a well recognised commitment to save RPH.
“There was a very strong feeling out in the community, particularly in the eastern suburbs, about this issue which is reflected in the fact that I received more than 30,000 signatures to retain the hospital,” Dr Hames said.
“The future redevelopment plans for RPH and its surrounding precinct are being overseen by a committee which enables community input into the redevelopment.
“This interim heritage listing is an important step in our redevelopment plans as they will incorporate the RPH Heritage Precinct.”
The State Register of Heritage Places is managed by the Heritage Council of WA.
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