When creating the master plan to redevelop the Prince Henry Hospital site, the NSW government and the Randwick City Council went to great lengths to protect the state significant natural heritage areas, including sensitive Aboriginal sites and other archaeological zones.
The RAAF Memorial Clock Tower, wishing well, water tower and original gates, as well as the Artisans’ Cottages, Pine Cottage, the Flowers Wards and the Dickson (formerly the nurses’ quarters) are just some of the 19 heritage significant structures that have been retained and refurbished, underpinning and maintaining the character of this unique coastal community.
The Nurses’ War Memorial Chapel commemorates those Prince Henry Hospital staff members who saw active service in World War II and didn’t return. Located at 1 Pine Avenue, the chapel provides a wonderful venue for weddings and baptisms, a serene setting for funerals, and a place for reflection.
The Nursing and Medical Museum is housed in the original Flowers Ward One in Brodie Street. The museum displays information on the hospital’s pioneering firsts, a range of exhibits of early nursing and medical equipment, cemetery records, and archival information relating to the hospital’s health practitioners between 1881 and 2003.
The former Prince Henry Hospital site is a state-heritage listed precinct. Many of its buildings such as The Dickson and the RAAF Memorial Clock Tower have separate heritage listings. But did you know that there are significant pieces of landscape within the Prince Henry precinct which are also heritage listed?
Of particular significance are the three sites of Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub.
Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub (ESBS) is a nationally protected and state-listed Endangered Ecological scrub and heath vegetation community. Of the original 5300 hectares of ESBS only 145 hectares remain. One hectare is within Prince Henry, with ESBS remnants in Gubbuteh Road and Harvey Street, and one that surrounds the front of The Dickson in Pavilion Drive.
This endangered community is slowly being restored and will provide a valuable corridor of ESBS linking Kamay Botany National Park and Malabar Headland National Park.
Furthermore these ESBS sites provide a growing haven for small birds, many different lizards including blue tongues, and butterflies. ESBS and the native fauna are threatened by dogs and cats, so please ensure that you abide by your strata scheme and Prince Henry Community Association by-laws, and obey the signs around the community by ensuring your dog or cat is kept on your property or on a lead when on common property or in public areas.
Submitted by Prince Henry resident and bush care volunteer – Robyn Alexander
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