Mount Gambier Visit

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 Anglican Church on Bay Tce, Mount Gambier, where I went to church.

The Old Hospital Grounds


The Nurses Home at Mount Gambier – repurposed.


Where once the hospital stood.



My parents home in 1968 – 74 I think.

The Old Gaol – now a back packers’ place


The Old Mt Gambier Gaol – which was just below the hospital.

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.


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