Thursday, 23 April 2015

The Nightingale Legacy


This is the Nightingale Wing of the Sydney Hospital, on Macquarie Street. It was built in 1869 - to Florence's plans - to house the first nursing school in Sydney, which was staffed directly from London.


Sydney Hospital itself, (the Nightingal Wing is on the same site), was constructed on this site in 1811, and was originally known as The Rum Hospital, as that was the currency in which the entrepreneurial builders were paid. It was a shoddy job, which took until the 1980s to fully rectify. The Nightingale Wing now houses the Sydney Sexual Health Centre.


7 comments:

William Kendall said...

An impressive, imposing building. The details in the façade really give it life.

Beatriz said...

Beautiful photos, for sure!
This hospital is really impressive!

Hugs

Bia <°))))<

RedPat said...

I love those carvings!

Joe said...

They certainly don't build 'em like that any more Julie.

José Mendonça said...

Beautiful details and compositions too.

I've been watching the news on Australia's east coast. Hope all is well with you.

Jim said...

I really like this building. Had not noticed how intricate that work on the pillar is.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I had no idea Florence had anything to do with Sydney. Lovely brickwork.