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Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital

Location: Hospital Road, Concord West, NSW 2138

Constructed: 1890-1893

This spectacular building adorning the Parramatta River was built as a convalescent hospital by philanthropist Thomas Walker in the late 19th century and designed by John Sulman in the Queen Anne style. Internally reflecting the influence of Florence Nightingale on 19th century hospital organisation, its grounds are an intact example of older style institutional gardens. The Concord Heritage Society takes tours to the site and can supply details of open days.

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Name of item: Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital
Other name/s: Rivendell Adolescent Unit, Rivendell, Joanna Walker Convalescent Hospital
Type of item: Complex / Group
Collection: Health Services
Category: Psychiatric hospital/Mental institute/Asylum
Location: Hospital Road, Concord West, NSW 2138
Local Govt: Canada Bay
Designer: Sir John Sulman; gardens possibly by the office of/Sir John Sulman
Builder: Alexander M Allen
Constructed: 1890-1893
Current use: Convalescent Hospital
Former use: Aboriginal land, farm, rural estate, convalescent Hospital