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Mt Barker Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Celebrates Centenary

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The Adelaide Hills community is celebrating the milestone of a historic building.

The Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital at Mount Barker was officially opened on 29 November 1919, by Mrs. R. Barr Smith. The above photo was taken of the hospital circa 1948.

It was built as a memorial to members of the Australian Imperial Forces who enlisted for active service from the Mount Barker district during the Great War 1914-1919.

Celebrations to mark the centenary of the Mount Barker District Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital were held at the hospital on Friday, 29 November 2019. 

A presentation on the early history of the Hospital was made by Bob Dewell OAM and Ian Smith, as well as an acknowledgement of past, present and future returned services members by Cate Goodall and a prayer by Margaret Westphal. 

Dan Cregan MP, Member for Kavel representing the Minister for Health and Wellbeing said that it was a great honour to be a part of the celebrations. 

“The celebrations were a reminder of the proud history of the hospital which has provided care to our community for 100 years,” Mr Cregan said. 

“I am pleased that the new State Government has been able to significantly invest in local healthcare during our first twenty months.” 

“The State Government has funded a Dialysis Unit at the Hospital, appointed Russell & Yelland Architects to design a masterplan for the site, secured Commonwealth funds for an Emergency Department upgrade, boosted country chemo services and put more funds into paediatrics. We have also entered into an ongoing contract for 24 hour doctor services.” 

The Minister for Health and Wellbeing, the Hon Stephen Wade MLC thanked the Morrison Federal Government for their commitments of $8.6 million to upgrade the Mount Barker District Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital and $8.4 million to upgrade the South Coast Districts Hospital. 

The Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has been advocating for upgrades to the hospitals and has worked with the Health Minister and local members Dan Cregan, Josh Teague and David Basham to secure funding for infrastructure projects.

Photo Mt Barker: Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Wellington Road, Mt Barker. c1948. Call Number: PH-V55-00172, supplied by Mt Barker Local History Centre.