Photos of the Old Bega Hospital 1900 to 1956

Photos of the Old Bega Hospital have come from a number of sources over many years. Copies are collected here for convenience and safekeeping. Generally the provenance, author, copyright ownership and even the date of each photo, are unknown. We are more than happy to acknowledge sources and ownership where they are known, and apologise for any breaches. We are also working on identifying more precisely and accurately what is shown in each photo. If you can help with any of these aspects for any of the photos please Contact Us. Photos are listed here in approximately date order with the most recent photos at the top.

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Photos 1900 to 1956, when the Hospital was working as a hospital

Two women with boy on main steps


Two nurses with boy. The verandahs are enclosed with glass, which probably happened in the 1940s

Theatre sister and nurse in operating theatre (in the main building, so pre 1934-35 when the operating theatre moved to a separate building). From NSW State Library:

Six nurses on verandah steps


Two nurses. Two more nurses

Eleven nurses, with doctors (and administration staff?) on steps, with notice. Dr McKee in centre

Margaret Court (nee Pearce), Betty Scott (nee Devlin), Jack Noble (surgical dresser), and Del Jones (nee Maddern)

Del Jones (nee Maddern) with unknown child

Bega Town Band

Gardens on the north side of the main building and Nurses' Quarters. Rail fence, electricity poles, verandahs enclosed (so probably after 1937)

Two women and a man with sporty car. Location uncertain

Car at the front door, nurses and doctor on the steps, made up bed on the verandah. Has 'Braine Ph[oto]' added to photo near wheel of car.

Exterior of eastern end of the main building, looking northwest and southwest. Eastern verandah not enclosed

Grounds with buggy, paling fence, remnant red gum, various exotic trees, open verandahs, overhead telephone lines, Nurses' Quarters present (so post 1928). Another copy of this photo has 'Braine' added

Movie Ball 26 August 1925, thought to be in the Lyric Theatre, which was at 125 Carp Street, Bega, about opposite a laneway going into the Coles carpark: in February 2024 a vacant block, no buildings (Pat Raymond 15 Feb 2024). A history of the Lyric is included in Among other notes, the Lyric was described as having a ‘beautiful lattice ceiling’ and this reportedly caused the theatre goers some discomfort because the ‘possums who lived there used to do their business on the patrons’.  Pat Raymond (3 Feb 2024) found a newspaper report on The Movie Ball:

The occasion was organised by Clive Morgan and Cliff Arnold. It attracted visitors from Cobargo, Eden, Pambula, Candelo, Bemboka, Numbugga, Wolumla, Bermagui and even Sydney. Those attending had to walk around to the Masonic Hall where the supper was being served. Panic stations occurred prior to the Ball taking place on account of the non arrival of some of the costumes ordered from Sydney. A vehicle had to be sent out in search of the transport that was carrying this precious cargo. In the haste of transferring the costumes they lost one of them. The theme was for them to wear movie costumes. Prizes: Best set: 'Monsieur Beaucaire' - Misses N. Tarlinton, Neilley, Wall, and Collins, and Messrs. N. Gardsten, J. Collins, Wren (Bunga) and E. Jauncey. The 'Winter' set comprised Misses Millie and Eva Collins, Iris Alcock and Messrs. Les and Len Collins and J. Doyle. The Masqueraders' set consisted of Misses Dulcie Morgan, Nora and Kyla Cowdroy, Alice McKee and Messrs. Harry and George Rheinberger, Allan Bishop and E. Glanville. Best couple: 'The Shiek and Agnes Ayres', Mr. Stroud and Miss Stiles. Best impersonation of movie star: 'Shirley Mason', Miss Clarice Rutter. This was quite the most striking costume of the lot and the character was excellently portrayed by Miss Rutter. Best dressed lady: Miss Kate Ritchie as 'Umbrella'. Best dressed gentleman: Mr. Mickleborrough as Indian Rajah. Best advertising costume: Miss Freebody as 'T.B. Ale'. A special prize was awarded to the 'Simplex Twins' Miss Nora Higgs and Mr. Wal Morrow, Consolation prizes were given to Mr. C. Todd and Miss Dulcie Pearce as Spanish Lady and gent, and to Miss D. Higgs as 'Masquerader'. Mr. Tony Curtis looked the part as an 'Apache' and Mr. W. Jardine as 'Rudolph Valentino' looked quite daring and brave. Mr. Lex Ritchie made a good 'Toreador'. Miss Gertie Jones appeared in an advertising costume for Mrs. Meaker's millinery. The shawl worn by Miss Dulcie Pearce as Spanish lady is said to have cost 35 guineas in Paris, and was lent by a Sydney friend.

Old Bega Hospital 'after 1900'. Both photos show picket fence and telephone lines. Upper photo appears not to have Nurses' Quarters, so may be pre 1928. There is a larger version above of the lower photo with the buggy: this copy has 'Braine' written on it

Original of upper left photo above, from State Library of NSW: Possibly, righthand (western) end is in brick, while lefthand (east) is still in timber with tower on the corner, which would date the photo to between 1904 and 1909.

Women's Ward verandah enclosed with small pane windows, rather than the subsequent large aluminium framed sliding windows (removed in 2023). Post and rail fence. Water tower looms over back of the main building

Fairly distant view from northwest, with open paddock with stumps in foreground. Appears that Men's ward is brick, but Women's ward is still weatherboard with tower on the corner, so dated between 1904 and 1909

Poor quality photo showing distant view of the hospital, with picket fence and various other fences. Fairly young exotic trees, one large remnant red gum. Photo inscribed 'Braine Photo'

Motor car, NSW registration 216.528. Window at end of Men's Ward verandah composed of many small panes. McKee photo collection


Dr McKee and others on northern steps. McKee photo collection

Water tower looms over main building. Some decoration on main ridge of roof. McKee photo collection


Staff on steps, ambulance and other vehicles in front of northern entry. McKee photo collection

Loading patient into an ambulance. And patient arriving at the new Bega District Hospital, 1956 or 57. McKee photo collection

Group of surgeons? Not certain that this is the Old Bega Hospital. McKee photo collection

Staff on northern verandah and steps. Dr McKee. McKee photo collection

Watering the gardens. General view of north facade with formal gardens, including box plants. McKee photo collection

Flu, Bega 1919: No 2 Manse General Squad. McKee photo collection. Also in State Library collection (, where it is annotated "Emergency Hospital Influenza Epidemic. "The Manse" was the Presbyterian minister's residence and it was taken over because it was unoccupied at the time to handle the overflow of patients from the main hospital - Bega, NSW"; and "Back L to R: Dorie, Maunder, Percy Smith, Bertha Pell, Leo Spindler, Marjorie Sire, - . Front L to R: Sister Cole, Ann Weatherhead - all volunteers."

Morning tea on the verandah. McKee photo collection

Nurses' Quarters. 240v electricity. Verandahs half enclosed. Dr McKee. McKee photo collection

Main building gardens. Nurses' Quarters to right. And at far right, what appears to be another building in front of the Nurses' Quarters: that may be a weatherboard administration building, since disappeared. McKee photo collection

Main building looking closed and somewhat fogotten. But blinds on verandahs rather than glassed in, so pre 1937. McKee photo collection

Visiting VIPs? McKee photo collection.