#ThrowbackThursday: Found in a family album

A gathering, perhaps the official opening, at the Old Bega Hospital.
A gathering, perhaps the official opening, at the Old Bega Hospital.

#ThrowbackThursday: Last days of Old Bega Hospital

#ThrowbackThursday: Old Bega Hospital memories #1

KEN Blanchfield found this fascinating photo in his family album.

He thinks it is possibly the official opening of the Bega Hospital, and it is certainly a large gathering in front of the building.

Associated with the hospital in the late 1880s were CT Stiles, F Blanc, W Scott, A French, Doctors Evershed, J Marshall, McKenzie and W Meeke, and on the committee were G Forbes, J Connelly, W Lane, J Maher, H Underhill, F Manby, C Harrison, H Cowdroy, D Gowing, J Rodd, A Wren and R Gentle.

Descendants of these men might like to carefully examine this photo and see if they can distinguish their ancestor.

Other members of Bega Valley pioneer families might also like to see if their great-grandparents or great-great-grandparents are in the photo.

If they can identify anyone, they can ring Claire Lupton on 6492 2570 or email her on clairelupton@bigpond.com.

Ms Lupton is the project coordinator and editor of Capturing the Memories, a history of the Old Bega Hospital.

It had been hoped the book of Capturing the Memories would be ready to be sold at Raise the Roof, the Old Bega Hospital Spring Festival on Sunday, October 25.

However, Ms Lupton said she has received so much material that it is unlikely that the book will be published by then - although orders can be taken.

She said it was also hoped that those who contributed to the book would attend Raise the Roof for a reunion of those who remembered the hospital when it was a hospital, either on the staff or as a patient or visitor.

Betty Smith (now Carriage) was identified in a recent photo as the nurse who is descending the steps to the ambulance as patients were moved to the new hospital.

Sister Crawford may have been the nurse at the top of the steps, but no-one could identify the ambulance officers.