Governor's Garden Reception

On Saturday 22 February Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria, and Mr Anthony Howard AM QC welcomed more than 1,000 fundraisers to Government House, including Good Friday Appeal supporters and Auxiliary members to celebrate 150 years of The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH).

The Governor acknowledged the incredible community support the hospital receives from across the state and beyond. “Generosity has really been the cornerstone of this hospital since the very beginning and we are grateful for the chance today to thank the philanthropists, the donors, the community fundraisers, all those connected with the RCH Foundation, all those connected with the Auxiliaries and of course the Good Friday Appeal. The hospital would not be the same without any of you.”

RCH Chairman Rob Knowles AO said community support has seen the hospital go from strength to strength. “While I am exceptionally proud of our rich history, I’m also incredibly excited about what is still to come as we continue to positively influence health outcomes for children and young people.”

We would like to thank the Governor and Mr Howard for hosting this special reception for our supporters.

See the gallery of images from the Governor’s Garden Reception below.

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Your Stories

Well our story started in 2013 when we moved from Melbourne from Sydney after seeing Dr Francoise on TV after she had done a bone marrow transplant on a boy who had aplastic anaemia.

Our daughter Mapalo-Joy had sickle cell disease at the time. We bought a house in Melbourne and moved in November 2013. We were under the care of D. Anthea Greenway, now under Oncology team with Dr Dave Hughes.

The Royal Children Hospital became home to us as we would visit on very regular basis due to frequent sickle cell crises of our daughter. We have been admitted in different w...

There are many things that make four-year-old’s happy, like paw patrol, bowling, and eating ice cream, yet visiting the hospital doesn’t usually rank high on that list. However, Noah isn’t your average four-year-old. “I love the hospital because they’re all my best friends,” grins four-year-old Noah, with the deepest sincerity only a toddler can behold. And it’s a pretty big statement for a boy who has spent his whole life in and out of The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH).

Signs of Noah’s heart condition were picked up at mum Rhiannon’s 20 week antenatal scan...

Everyone Has A Story.

A journey through time.

This year marks a significant milestone for The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), as we celebrate 150 years of wonderful achievements.

To commemorate this milestone and our rich history, we are pleased to share with you our new archives and collections website.

The RCH archives and collections form a large and invaluable record of the history of an important Australian paediatric institution. Spanning 150 years, the diverse collection comprises photographs, films, textiles and equipment, which convey the hospital’s beginnings, growth and innovations. Daily experiences of RCH staff and patients are vividly rendered by these historic materials.

We hope you enjoy exploring!

Visit the website