Way back in January 1963, I caught a steam train from Adelaide to Mount Gambier to commence training as a nurse at the hospital there. The railway line is no longer functioning, the Nurses Home where I lived for nearly four years has been repurposed as a luxury unit block overlooking the city, and the hospital has been demolished.
Of course Mt Gambier holds many memories for me, and I was keen to have a look around. Time was against me as usual, but I did manage to have dinner with an former colleague from my nursing days, and have a quick look around the place.
The Old Hospital Grounds
The Old Gaol – now a back packers’ place
There are so many places that I would have liked to visit.
Port MacDonnell – I remember buying bags of crayfish legs from the factory and sitting on the beach eating them with sauce bottles filled with wine bought cheaply at a vineyard.
The Valley Lakes – it is years since I have been there.
The Barn – when we were nursing it was where we went to dance on a Saturday night. Now it is a conference centre and accommodation.