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The Knowle

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The Knowle, now part of Fremantle Hospital, was built by Lt-Colonel Edmund Henderson KCB, Comptroller-General of Convicts 1850-63, as a home for himself and his wife and son.

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FHC photo #1118 by C.M. Nixon c1897: 'Government Hospital Fremantle'. The two storey building on the left is the Knowle (1856), originally the home of Captain Henderson. The floors and staircase were built of Singapore cedar. The house was later occupied by Mr Clifton, Comptroller of Customs and in 1892 was used as a branch of the Fremantle Lunatic Asylum. After a Typhoid Fever outbreak in 1892, a public meeting was called in 1893 to press for a hospital. The Government agreed and J H Eales designed alterations to the Knowle which was converted in 1895. In January 1897 it was formally occupied as the Fremantle Hospital. In January 1903, J H Eales designed a new operating theatre, instrument room, dressing rooms and outpatient quarters. From left, brick nurses quarters (1898/1899), the Knowle, the laundry, male medical ward, male surgical ward and porter's lodge. Tennis court for staff in front.

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The Knowle today, 2 August 2016

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References and Links

Garrick, Phyl & Chris Jeffery1987, Fremantle Hospital: A Social History to 1987, Fremantle Hospital.

Webb, David & David Warren 2005, Fremantle: Beyond the Round House, Longley, Fremantle: 80-81.


Garry Gillard | New: 17 June, 2015 | Now: 3 August, 2016