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Queen Victoria Women's Centre

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Text from Melbourne Architecture

Philip Goad

Queen Victoria Women’s Centre

172-254 Lonsdale Street

Built in 1912


The block bounded by Swanston, Lonsdale, Russell and Little Lonsdale Streets once housed the Melbourne Hospital which had been established on the site in 1846. Just one of three pavilions of the innovative hospital complex remains today. The Edwardian Baroque complex was taken over in 1946 by the Queen Victoria Hospital, which was staffed and managed by women for women. The existing structure is the most elaborate bay of the hospital, designed as a series of pavilions with a long central corridor.


Below, a couple of old postcards showing the old hospital, and after that two of my own photographs showing the existing Queen Victoria Women’s Centre.



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