10 on 10 – July 2016

It’s that time again, when me and some lovable buds share 10 photos of the month in our neck of the woods. I’d love to share some more photos of the farm with you but IT’S TOO BLOODY FREEZING outside!! I swear those icy winds are fresh from Antarctica, or something like that. So I thought I’d show you some pics I took when I was in my training week at work. This is as close to a museum our small town has and I was absolutely blown away. Better still, I now know enough to take people on tours too. So come along with me for a little history lesson in Lake Grace, Western Australia…


It was a shady day when I went for the tour so a photo of the pamphlet is where it’s at 😉 Isn’t she a beauty! It would make the prettiest house. But on with the tour. So the Australian Inland Mission hospital was known as “the bush department”. A reverend named John Flynn was rather concerned by the vast distances, lack of medical facilities and the lonely bush graves of the Australian Outback. His mission was to see hospital and nursing facilities were provided within Australia where woman and children reside. What a man!


In 1912, 15 AIM nursing homes in remote locations were built. The State government agreed to build and staff the building in Lake Grace in 1925, with the understanding the Lake Grace District would repay the loan and take control of the facility. In April 1926 it was opened and the two story building housed the patients on the ground floor, with the nursing quarters upstairs. The loan was repaid in July 1934 after years of fundraising. The hospital served a radius of almost 16 000km in WA’s south east.


Meet Creepy Cathryn! Something tells me you wouldn’t want to mess with her. She looks after the mens ward. Back in those days, the men filled the inside rooms and the women were outside on the verandah – say whaaaaaaat?!! The verandah was enclosed with half weatherboard walls and flywire but let me tell ya, it gets COLD as ice out this way and hot as hell, so women sure had a bad deal. Can you imagine that going down these days?! Not likely!


This little contraption was an incubator for prem babies. It looks like a microwave?!


The baby scales!


How gorgeous is this pram? You’d feel proud as punch going into town with your little bundle of joy. Not like the collapsable modern contraptions we use today.


Looks like the Mummy blues has set in with this poor lady. It was common practice to keep new mothers for a few weeks on bed rest. No birthing drugs in those days. But she does look lovely in her jim jammies and lippy. Although this might freak you out. Cotton wool, gauze and old linen were used for pads after the women had given birth. The linen was washed and boiled but blow flies were bad and it was known for some ladies to get fly blown! I CAN’T EVEN!! However, after talking to my gorgeous volunteer the other day, she was a nurse at the hospital all that time ago, she rolled her eyes and said “What a load of rubbish! I don’t know why they tell that story! I never saw or heard of it” Well let’s hope so!! EEEEK!


Here’s the dear little kitchen they had. I’m told there was two big pots. One for boiling water for constant cup of teas and cleaning. The other was for the meals. There’s a few recipes on the wall that was most interesting to read… sheep head stew anyone?!! Talking to another sweet volunteer she started to tell me how she made it!! Crikey!! I had to cut her off mid sentence and remind her I was still a city girl at heart. Blerk!!


This bed was upstairs in the nursing quarters. There was two beds and a common room and bathroom. The view outside was glorious, it overlooked the lake but I’m guessing there was no time gazing out the window, too much work to do. Did you notice the bed frame looks familiar? These types of beds are all the fashion now. How about that!

In 1938 a separate ward was built to accommodate the maternity patients. This would of been wonderful as the original birthing room was on the verandah by the front door! Holy smokes!!

I asked my lovely volunteer, the one that was once a nurse, did she have any stories from when she worked there. She told me that Doctor Margaret Clark, (the longest serving doctor) was very strict and worked long hours. She only had Sundays off even though she was truly on call 24/7. Back in those days the men played football on a Sunday and they would try their best for no injuries as Dr Clark became very cranky if she had to come in on her day off. She kept a strong eye on the nurses too, no galavanting off on her watch!

By the 1940s the hospital was continuously overcrowded. The operating theatre and staff facilities were inadequate. In 1952 the hospital was closed and replaced by the Lake Grace Memorial Hospital – that’s the one we have now. The old hospital was used for nursing and school teachers quarters up until the early 70’s. I would LOOOOOVE to know what wild parties went on back then, or tales of romance between the nurses and patients.

In 1983 the building was vacant and in complete disrepair. The State Government decided to demolish it but the Lake Grace Lions Club held up demolition at the eleventh hour. With assistance from a conservation architect, the Shire Council voted to save the building and restore it as a museum. With enthusiastic volunteers, hard work, and fundraising the Lake Grace Australian Inland Mission Hospital Museum was open in October 1992.

Picture from AIM Hospital Museum display. Source unknown.

Pretty awesome huh! I was so blown away by this that I sat up late in bed, telling Farmer all about it. It’s funny, I’ve driven past this place for the last nine years and it’s only now I’ve stopped to learn and appreciate all it’s history. I was even more surprised to learn my father in-law was born there too.

So there you go! I hope you enjoyed my little history lesson and somewhat guided tour. If you’d like a real tour then you’ll have to visit me 🙂 just like our French friend Cathy (from our photography group) is doing in a few months! Exciting! It’s funny how I eye rolled at the thought of history when I was in school, now I’m thirsty for more. It’s that or I’m getting old enough to have my own in the old days stories. Haha!

Now don’t forget to follow our photography circle, next up we have my bloggy friend Ellen from Potential Psychology. You’ll love her pictures. I’ll be catching up with her in a few months too. CANNOT.WAIT!! Continue to follow the links in each post til you’re back to me. Enjoy the stroll through all the photos.

Jo xx

ps. This little tour is just part of my new job that I started 3 weeks ago. If you wanted to read all about my new job I’m loving check out last weeks post here 🙂

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  • Reply Diana @dianaphotographyaustralia July 10, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Thanks for the tour. I really enjoyed it (except for some of the gory bits he he). Loved the kitchen. It looked like a scene from the Sullivans with the tea cosy. The crocheted cushion on the bed. Between you and me I think creepy Cathryn nights to lighten up on the makeup. Thanks for sharing. See you next month. Xxx

    • Reply Jo July 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      It does look a bit like The Sullivans, haha! They were always making cups of tea. Yes! Creepy Catheryn’s makeup is rather scary – I imagine she’d be the type that gets it on her teeth but you’d be too dead scared to tell her! LOL! Catch ya next month lovely xx

  • Reply Jen July 10, 2016 at 7:55 am

    How fascinating! I’ve long told my husband that I don’t know if I’m built of strong enough stock to have survived an earlier time. Having to be treated on the veranda? Ummmm…no? And how cool that you’re giving tours! I’d love to get involved in something like that here because like you, I find history fascinating!

    • Reply Jo July 10, 2016 at 9:20 pm

      I often think the same Jen but back then people didn’t know any better so it didn’t seem quite as harsh as it does to us softies. That’s what I’ve been told anyways. Oh you’d be great at tours Jen. Watching tours myself I wonder how they remember everything, but if you are passionate about the story you are telling, it just comes naturally. Each group would be different so it would be a heck of a lotta fun x

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid July 10, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I really enjoyed the tour – except the dummies and the gory bits of course – I think the sheep head stew was a little bit too much information! What an ace new job you have – I often wonder if walls could speak, oh, the stories they could tell! How lovely that you have a volunteer on hand – so you can get the go straight from the horse’s mouth (not that I’m saying your volunteer is a horsey! Neigh neigh!)

    • Reply Jo July 10, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      Oh you would love my volunteers Sammie! They are so adorable. I can’t help but chat to them all day long but I have to drag myself away to get work done 🙂 I’m hoping to get as many stories from them as I can because that’s what people want to hear, not just facts. Yes a few gory bits, life was a lot tougher in those days. My bad day involves crappy internet service, that’s nothing in comparison really x

  • Reply Em @ Have A Laugh On Me July 10, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    That is really quite fascinating, and man doesn’t it make me feel so grateful for all the ‘things’ we have now! What an incredible look back! Love the mummy in bed!

    • Reply Jo July 10, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Doesn’t it Em. I remember when I had my first baby, I was in disbelief women had to actually go through all that pain. It was actually easy street compared to what these ladies had to go through, plus the distance they’d have to travel to hold on. My 90 minute drive seems nothing in comparison. The Mummy in bed looks mighty depressed doesn’t she? Lucky she’s not on the verandah!!

  • Reply Shan@FortyUp July 10, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Now I must have a real life tour, you’d be fantastic I’m sure!!! Why do they use those creepy dummies??? We just visited a similar museum in Manjimup & my kids were seriously spooked by the dummies, hilarious!!!!

    • Reply Jo July 10, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Why of course Shan, you know I’d love to show the Drummonds around one day. The dummies are vintage as they come and were shopped around for. Perhaps it’s the look on their faces that sets the scene from all those years ago. Creepy is definitely the word for it. All the faces they would of seen in their time?!

  • Reply stephanie@stephsjoy July 10, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks for the history lesson, it was really interesting. I’d love to come for a history tour in real life. And you are right that Cathryn is so scary, perhaps it’s that shade of red! x

    • Reply Jo July 10, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      You are so welcome Steph 🙂 She does look kinda dynamite in that risk-ay red doesn’t she?!! Lol! It’s seriosly bitchin!

  • Reply Shari from GoodFoodWeek July 12, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    ‘The linen was washed and boiled but blow flies were bad and it was known for some ladies to get fly blown!’ Oh man, Jo – I think I almost threw up in my mouth. Thank God I am having babies in the 2000’s {well 2013,2014, 2016}.

    • Reply Jo July 12, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      I nearly died when I read about that!! I told Farmer I would of signed off I think if I got fly blown Holy crap that’s horrific! I see you’ve been been rather busy Shari, just as well in these pleasant times xx

  • Reply Melinda July 13, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Very interesting and slightly gross which are the hallmarks of an awesome tour ! How cool to be able to drive by that place and know exactly what went on inside. Love it

    • Reply Jo July 18, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Absolutely Melinda! There needs to be an edgy story to keep the mystery of the place alive – and the wonder how the bloody hell those poor women coped!! made of steel in those days!! xx

  • Reply Karin @ Calm to Conniption July 15, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Mannequins scare the bejeebers out of me! Especially when set up in these type of displays. I remember being in historic tunnels in Singapore on a tour and they had mannequins around at the end of them and in bunker rooms… I ran out of there in the end. Freaked me out! They always seem to be watching.

    • Reply Jo July 18, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      The mannequins in the movie The Mannequin wasn’t creepy, maybe because it was Samantha from Sex and the City and we love her. LOL! These mannequins and yeah, any historic display mannequins scare the bejeezuz outta me too. I’m so glad I don’t clean this place at night! I would be the biggest sook if I heard something!!

  • Reply peregrination July 16, 2016 at 11:05 am

    I will love you being my guide! This historical part is amazing ‘except for the fake nurse and patient that are really creapy and scary! That part about ladies being stuck in bad weather condition??? really? Awful! I can’t wait to visit you! xx cathy

    • Reply Jo July 18, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      I have it all planned out Cathy 🙂 We just need to weather to behave! The mannequins are very creepy. I wouldn’t like to be there alone that’s for sure!! I see you and your family are in Australia, enjoy! I hope they love it as much as your first visit last year xx

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