Brislington – 200 Years of History and Medical Care
Celebrating 200 years of history and medical care in Parramatta - a gracious Georgian building stands on the corner of George and Marsden Streets in Parramatta. It is the oldest existing dwelling house in the inner City of Parramatta and since 1983 has been a Medical and Nursing Museum.
Brislington pays tribute to a by-gone era, and shows a “then and now” picture of Medical Science and Hospital Care in Parramatta. Built using the proceeds of a gambling win at a local hotel, the house has seen many functions over 200 years – pub, private home, doctor’s surgery, nurses’ accomodation, museum.
The story of John Hodges, the man who built the house, is one of crime and misdemeanour, and collusion with authorities.
Artefacts of the Parramatta Hospital wards show equipment changes over time. Examples of operating tables, instruments, suturing materials, anaesthetic equipment and ward beds evoke memories of hospital care.
Photographs from 1890s to 1980s provide insight into nursing responsibilities, members of Boards and Committees as well as showing the changing styles of uniforms.
The property has been recognised as being of historical significance due to its association with notable people, playing a major role of colonial and state government in Parramatta.