The Mt Eliza Orthopaedic Hospital was a crucial place for care for many years as it catered to convalescents suffering from epidemic diseases such as polio and tuberculosis. By 1971, thanks to developments in understanding of these diseases, and introduction of vaccinations, the need for the Mt Eliza section had dwindled and any remaining patients were transferred to The Royal Children’s Hospital main campus. This silent film captures the final days of the transition, and a gathering of former patients to commemorate the site.

Film Title: Final Days at the Mt Eliza Orthopaedic Section
Production Date: 1971
Filming Location: The Children’s Orthopaedic Section; Mt Eliza, Victoria
Media: Digitised 16 mm colour film, silent
Duration: 8.07 minutes
Producer: The Royal Children’s Hospital, Victoria
Accession Number: 2018.24831
©️ 1971 The Royal Children’s Hospital, Victoria

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