In this section
Pick up a
piece of history !
The Archives Department functions as the corporate memory of the
Royal Children's Hospital. The hospital was one of the
first in Victoria to recognise the need for managing its historical
records and established a part-time Archivist position in
1983. The Archives also provides advice to internal
departments on the retention, disposal and storage
of administrative records in accordance with the Public Records
Act. The department is supported by an advisory committee.
The archival collection consists of the existing administrative
records of the hospital executive, nursing administration and
training records, complete sets of annual reports of both the
hospital and affiliated groups such as research, auxiliaries and
volunteers, biographical material on a large number of medical,
nursing and executive staff, a wonderful photograph collection of
over 12,000 images, oral history tapes and some historical films
The Archives continues to be an invaluable resource to a wide
range of both internal and external researchers. Many of
these resources were pulled together by Dr. Peter Yule to publish a
substantial history of the hospital in 1999. (available from the
RCH Auxiliaries shop and Shop Online) and by Margaret McInnes in
2006, with her comprehensive history of nursing at the RCH.
(available from the Auxiliaries Office).
The RCH Historical Room, used extensively for meetings within
the hospital, houses a small museum collection of artefacts and a
selection of photographs and other memorabilia for which the
Archivist is responsible.
Another important role of the Archives Department is to maintain
a register and control the movement and maintenance of the
hospital's valuable artworks and cultural assets collection.