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New life looms for historic Canberra building | The Canberra Times

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One of the hidden architectural gems of Canberra is to get a new life in the latest twist to its amazing history. The old hospital on the junction of Arthur Circle and Empire Circuit was built in 1935. It is listed on the ACT’s “Register of Significant Twentieth Century Architecture” but now stands empty and derelict with broken windows and grass in the guttering. In its time, it’s been a purpose-built private maternity hospital created by a disgruntled nurse who left Canberra Hospital in a row over knives and forks for the staff. Then it was a kind of hostel for long-distance bus travellers. And next? Maybe a pile of rubble…



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