1900: Hospital holds three week fundraiser for new kitchens


A fundraising bazaar is held at the Exhibition Buildings to raise money to fund the building of new kitchens for the hospital.

The bazaar ran for three weeks with stalls of goods for sale, and a different program of entertainment every day. Some of the most popular attractions were the first tennis matches played under lights in Victoria, a re-enactment of bush ranging put on by the mounted police, a horse high jump competition and poetry recitations by Banjo Paterson.

The bazaar raised £17,510 and cleared the hospital of debt.

The hospital also had a continued source of revenue from sales of the bazaar's souvenir book, Childhood in Bud and Blossom which featured signed portraits of Queen Victoria, the Governor-General and all state governors, articles, short stories and poems from Banjo Paterson, Ada Cambridge, Robert Baden-Powell and Mary Gaunt, and a verse of poem from Lord Tennyson handwritten by his son who was the Governor of South Australia.