Gladesville Hospital Cameo No 2 by Rosalie Dale

Gladesville Hospital Cameo No 2 by 

A great turnout of Redbubblers met at Gladesville Mental Hospital this morning for some photo opportunities.

I love this old basin (not the first old washbasin to pop up in my portfolio!!!) in one of the delapidated buildings. Thanks to Philip and Kaz for organising the day.

Gladesville Mental Hospital (formerly Tarban Creek Lunatic Asylum) operated from c.1838-

Surviving records cover c.1822-1985

In 1838 the lunatic asylum was moved from Liverpool to Tarban Creek, Gladesville and the first patients were transferred from Liverpool Asylum and the Female Factory, Parramatta. It accepted patients from Victoria up until 1848 when the Yarra Bend asylum was opened. By the mid 1960s the institution was known simply as Gladesville Hospital. In 1993 premises at Gladesville Hospital and Macquarie Hospital were revoked as hospitals, and were amalgamated to form the Gladesville Macquarie Hospital.


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  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonover 6 years ago

    great shot and colour Rosalie

  • Thanks Philip – and thank you for organising the day out! Excellent photographic fodder …

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Maximus
    Maximusover 6 years ago

    Stuff of nightmares, great comp RD. :)

  • Fank you MW!

    – Rosalie Dale

  • LindaMcCarthy
    LindaMcCarthyover 6 years ago

    How fun for all of you to get together! Such sad and tragic stories these walls could tell. Interesting and excellent work, Rosalie.

  • Photographers are always such a great bunch of people … like friends you’ve never met before! Thanks Linda for the kind words.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Travis Easton
    Travis Eastonover 6 years ago

    Fitting tribute to the bad old days of mental health

  • I guess so Travis – thankfully it has come a way since then, but still has further to go!! Thanks for the visit and encouragement.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • MickDavson
    MickDavsonover 6 years ago


  • Now that’s a reply I can identify with – thanks Mick – glad it comes across like that.

    – Rosalie Dale

  • brirose55
    brirose55over 6 years ago

    great image

  • Thanks heaps Brian

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Kazzoom
    Kazzoomover 6 years ago

    wow, Rosalie you sure you didnt get in there with a scrubbing brush!!!!, love the treatment you have done awesome.

  • No cleanup Karen – just putting it in a slightly favourable light!!! Thanks for the encouragement

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonover 6 years ago

    Great series you got going here, beautiful tone and light !

  • Glad you like it Curtiss – thank you

    – Rosalie Dale

  • Philip Golan
    Philip Golanover 6 years ago

    I love how the perspective, colouring and especially the light, allows you to focus on the subject of this shot.
    I thank that Mick’s “Stark” is “absolute” in his description.

  • It was a bit more stark in real life Phil – not terribly attractive! Thanks for the visit and positive input

    – Rosalie Dale

  • DavidMcLean
    DavidMcLeanover 6 years ago

    Beautifully done Rosalie, I like it very much

  • Ta David – appreciated!

    – Rosalie Dale

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