Nineteenth century hospital which changed its focus of care from the mentally ill to the destitute and elderly. After several decades as a teaching hospital it merged with Bankstown hospital in 1996.

Milestone
Opened
1893
Closed
1995
Name
Alternate
Rookwood Asylum for the Aged and Infirm
1893 - 1913
Alternate
Rookwood State Hospital and Home for Men
1913 - 1926
Alternate
Lidcombe State Hospital and Home
1927 - 1966
Position
1919
1967
Type

Botanica and Lidcombe Hospital

,
2008

Lidcombe Hospital was a large institution of a kind common in the nineteenth century. As the focus of care changed over time, men, women, the aged, influenza victims, surgical patients and others were looked after there. The piggery, dairy, vegetable gardens and poultry run sustained the inmates until the 1950s.