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St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

City of Yarra | Y08

In November 1893 five Sisters of Charity established St Vincent’s as a small ‘cottage hospital’ in converted terraces on Victoria Parade. The Sisters were pioneering in their commitment to offering first-class healthcare to the community, especially the poor and vulnerable. The hospital quickly expanded with the opening of a purpose-built wing in 1905, followed by the Healy Wing (1934), Aikenhead and Daly Wings (1960) and Inpatient Services Building (1996). Today, St Vincent’s is one of five A1 tertiary teaching hospitals in Victoria, providing a comprehensive suite of acute, sub-acute, outpatient and community care. The iconic tunnel between St Vincent’s and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital stretches 164 metres under Victoria Parade, lying ten metres below the surface. It was built with excavating equipment previously used for the Melbourne underground rail loop. The project took ten years to come to fruition, starting with preliminary discussions in 1973, and excavation in 1979, before its official opening held in April 1983. Today the tunnel is used to transfer patients, equipment and personnel; the tunnel has also been used by film and television crews for music videos, TV shows and feature films.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 1 January 10am - 4pm

  • What's Open: Art gallery and tunnel

  • Tour Type: Y08

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12noon, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, running for 30 minutes, in groups of 15

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Health

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Year Built: 1893

  • Transport: Tram stop 12: St Vincents Plaza on route 11, 12, 30 and 109


41 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy 3065, VIC


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