Brislington Medical and Nursing Museum, Parramatta

This page is about the history of the building, the memories of the people who used the building and the current use as a museum. The Museum display consists of artefacts of the Hospital wards show equipment in ceramic, enamel, monel metal and plastic. There are examples of operating tables, instruments, suturing materials, anaesthetic equipment and ward beds. Photographs from 1890's to 1970's provide insight into staff numbers. The Museum tells the story of the Brown Family who were not only doctors but were involved in civic life of Parramatta for over 93 years.
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  • I love historic buildings. This one is 198 years old and has a remarkable history. The displays are great and authentic; all related to the history of Parramatta Hospital and the building. Only $5 ent...  more »
  • anyone who is interested in what is left of Parramatta's Heritage buildings should go and check out this gem in the heart of Parramatta  more »
  • I love historic buildings. This one is 198 years old and has a remarkable history. The displays are great and authentic; all related to the history of Parramatta Hospital and the building. Only $5 entry fee.
  • My love of history has brought me to many of Parramatta's historic sites and cottages including visits to other NSW rural towns. I have passed by Brislington Medical and Nursing Museum numerous times but have never set foot in it till today. As a nurse myself, it was an eye-opener to see the vast collection of nursing and medical artefacts dating from the early colonial days to the 1970s. Makes me think of what it was like to live and work as a nurse in the early 19th century where outbreak of diseases wiped out huge populations, hygiene was poor and during WW1. I also discovered today that Parramatta District Hospital once stood behind Brislington Museum and consisted of numerous separate buildings including Jeffery House which used to be a hospital. If you are visiting Brislington Museum, do explore the "Outdoor Museum" behind it as this is the site of The Parramatta Hospitals where the first convict tent hospitals were established in 1790. This outdoor museum marks out the sites of the former convict tents, colonial hospital and the cottage hospital complex. Archaeological artefacts dug out from the area can be seen here. As you walk around this huge area, pay attention to the plaques of historical facts embedded on the ground, on the wall and marked out sites of former buildings. Walk right down to behind Jeffery House facing Parramatta River, the Registry of Marriage and to the front of the Court Houses facing George Street. There is also a huge glass & steel enclosure housing the history of The Parramatta Hospitals. It is significant to have all the memorabilia preserved inside Brislington House to present to us a bygone era of medical and nursing care which is not forgotten but displayed for the coming generations to see and value. Thank You to the Volunteers( including the Ex-Nurse Volunteers) who have done a marvellous job. Brislington Medical and Nursing Museum opens every Tuesday and Thursday 10am-2pm and on Australia Day. Check out the website.

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