Historical information

A photograph of the first grass tennis courts at the Alfred Hospital, established in 1923, between the Edward Wilson Wing (Wards 3&5) and the nurses’ home, close to Commercial Road. This photo was taken in 1933. Many social tennis matches were held during the 70 years they were on the Alfred Hospital site.

Significance

The tennis courts were being considered in 1900 but were not established until 1923. There are many photographs and stories to justify how extensively they were used. They were relocated in 1943 when the Margaret Coles Maternity Wing was built on this site, to the other side of the walkway. The last tennis court disappeared in 1993 when a multi story car park was built on the site.

Physical description

Photograph looking towards the Nurses' Home on Punt Road, Hamilton Russell House on the right. Nurses can be seen walking along the covered way to and from the hospital.

Inscriptions & markings

The photo is from a donation album which contains other photographs of the tennis courts.