Historical information

Wide angle shot of a Nightingale style ward at RCH Carlton. Running down the center of the image is a table and numerous vases of flowers. The left and right walls are lined with patient beds, some beds are occupied with children. Numerous nurses are standing next to various beds facing the camera. Fantastic description of uniforms, equipment and architecture of that era.


The photographic collection at the RCH has been identified as especially significant, and comparative research suggests that it is one of the biggest and most diverse visual records of children’s health held by any hospital in Australia. Spanning more than a century, the collection traces the changes in how children have been cared for. It also reveals the daily experiences of hospital staff and patients over its long history, and the deeply personal stories of medical care that can result in sorrow or relief.

Physical description

Silver gelatin photograph.