Wagga Base – a view from above

With all the changes happening at the Wagga Base Hospital lately, we thought a look at the site from above would be interesting for a Friday afternoon.

We don’t know when this photograph was taken but it has to be after the 1950s, because the multi-storey block was opened in 1963.  It also has to be after 1967 since Rawson Private Hospital is gone.  So our best guess at the moment is the photograph dates from the late 1960s or early 1970s.  If you can narrow it down further for us, let us know in the comments below.

A view of the Wagga Base Hospital from above, looking south.
The Wagga Wagga Base Hospital, n.d. [from the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital Collection, RW2706/59].  Click on the image for a larger view.
A couple of interesting things that caught our eye:

  • the gardens out the front of the old hospital;
  • the fuel depot in Coleman Street (top left corner);
  • Wes’ Walkabout on the corner of Coleman and Docker Streets (it was a general store, back in the day);
  • the tennis courts on the south side of the nurses quarters, along Docker Street.

We were also interested in which houses we could identify that have now been demolished and exactly how many parking spaces were available at the time!

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