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Celebrate 150 years with us!


Wednesday 9 September 2020 marks 150 years of The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne.

In 1870 Doctors Smith and Singleton had a vision to help sick and injured children – free of all charge. They, together with a volunteer Ladies Committee worked hard to raise the funds needed to establish the hospital, opening its doors on 9 September 1870 with just six beds.

The RCH has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the world’s great hospitals for children. It’s a story of thousands of heroes (celebrated and unknown) whose tenacity and commitment has created a much-loved institution, with a place in the heart of all Victorians. Together, we are all a part of something special, and regardless of where you are on this historic day, we would like to invite you to celebrate with us.

There are many ways you can get involved:

  1. Download and print our special RCH150 activities pack with fun decorations for you to enjoy in the safety and comfort of your own home or virtually with your colleagues.
  2. Share your celebration with us. Whichever way you’d like to celebrate – decorate, draw, sing, bake, we would love to share it! Tag @rchmelbourne using the hashtag #RCH150.
  3. Tell us what makes the RCH special to you by sharing your story with us. You can share your RCH story here.
  4. Visit our archives and collection website to learn about the hospital’s past.
  5. Tune in to the RCH Facebook at 10am on Wednesday 9 September for a special presentation.

Thank you for celebrating this momentous occasion with us!