General Hospital site Parramatta

Originally the site of convict hospitals built to cope with the high rate of illness of convicts who worked and lived in harsh conditions. The two thatched sheds were replaced by clay brick wards and outbuildings in 1792. Constantly modified and extended from 1818 it served as a general hospital for the district and from 1978 was replaced by Westmead Hospital. It now forms part of the Justice Precinct.

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Hospital Precinct
1789 - 1970
Alternate
Justice Precinct
2005 -
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Comprises
Comprises
1789 - 1792
Comprises
1792 - 1818
Comprises
1818 - 1844
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Parramatta's General Hospital

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Parramatta's General Hospital for convicts was located on Marsden Street overlooking the Parramatta River from 1789 to 1818. Initially two thatched sheds that were known as the Tent Hospital, these were replaced in 1792 by a Brick Hospital. However, conditions continued to be woefully inadequate and led to the construction of a third hospital for convicts, the Colonial Hospital, on the same site in 1818.