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TPCH History: 1950s




The State Government granted £7,500 for the purchase of land and preparation of plans for a tuberculosis sanatorium at Chermside.


The first of the three prefabricated wards (“Bristols”) was occupied on the 16th August.

Construction of pre-fabricated buildings

The Brisbane Chest Hospital officially opened on the 14th November as a purpose built Tuberculosis (TB) Sanatorium with three pre-fabricated wards providing 186 beds.


The Recalcitrant Ward was completed to accommodate 12 patients in regards to their TB management.


The North Brisbane Hospitals Board became operational from 1 July.  

A multi-story main building, nurses’ home block and administration block were officially opened on the 13th September.  The main building could accommodate 412 beds and the nurses’ block accommodated eight medical officers, the Matron, the Deputy Matron and 152 nurses in separate rooms, with built-in furniture and hot and cold water.

Main block


Annual Reports

Link to the Annual Reports stored on the Library Catalogue.  Access is freely available.