Adelaide House Museum

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Adelaide House Museum
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Ingeniously designed to accommodate the local climate and conditions, this building was the first hospital in Alice Springs, and now houses a local history museum with photographs, old radio equipment, maps and publications.
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Helen M
Maitland, Australia101 contributions
This is a significant historical house within the town square of Alice Springs. Easy access and walking distance. This house is supported by dedicated volunteers to do make some time to visit within the opening hours. There is a small fee and can be paid with cash or card which keeps this building running!! I had the pleasure of meeting Margaret - one of the volunteers who is a treasure herself. This is a such an interesting design and so advanced for its time as was the curator himself, John Flynn. There are 2 great videos to watch if you have some time and the ambiance of the house itself is worth a visit - not to mention the historical artefacts on display and great information to read. price includes a cuppa so why not stop a while. Love this house and its history. Do be aware there are some steep stairs to the cellar area if visiting with children or have mobility issues - however the majority of the large house is flat with a first floor by stairs also.
Written June 8, 2022
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Krakonosh
Australia125 contributions
Family
Highly recommended to anybody who is interested in architecture of building. This building was originally designed as a hospital. It has a very ingenious cooling system which does not need electricity.
Written June 12, 2012
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Sahoaction
Darwin, Australia24 contributions
Couples
Adelaide House was the first hospital in Central Australia and was designed and built by John Flynn. That's the guy on the $20 bill, who also founded the Royal Flying Doctor Service. When you stroll down the Todd Mall and get to this heritage building look for the entrance and go inside. Apart from the lovely collection of memorabilia connected to John Flynn the building itself is amazing. It has an airconditioning system that works without electricity! They should get carbon credits for that! You can go down into the basement and see how it works. There is also a replica of Alfred Traeger's pedal radio which is actually operational. You can use it and try to talk to the counterpart at the Royal Flying Doctor visitor center. If you like to explore what the life of the pioneers in Central Australia was like this is the place to visit. You will be welcomed by lovely volunteers who also offer a cup of tea. Entrance fee is only a $2 donation. Great value for money!
Written August 30, 2011
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outhere_68
Brisbane, Australia141 contributions
Couples
This house is not always open so it pays to check times. There is parking close by near the church. The house is wheelchair friendly if you ask as they provide alternative access. The work of John Flynn is showcased here and to see his ingenuity and dedication to the inland mission along with the innovation within the house/museum is wonderful. It is entry via gold coin donation but well worth it if you can plan you time to visit.
Written September 24, 2012
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Pamikki
Brisbane, Australia189 contributions
only open for two hours but you need more time if you catch up on all the historicla videos. lovely husband and wife team are the curators. free tea or coffee in bone china.
Written November 11, 2019
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Diane G
Levin, New Zealand145 contributions
the history of this building goes way back and gives one a insight to the medical side of the early days
Written October 7, 2019
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14BUN
Australia353 contributions
Couples
Hard to believe that Adelaide House was the first hospital in central Australia, completed in 1927 and it now serves as a Museum; testament to the wonderful work of John Flynn and other members of the Australian Inland Mission. Taking into consideration the heat in central Australia, the hospital was built with a cooling system based on the "Coolgardie Safe". To this day the building is not air-conditioned because it doesn't need to be. Quite an amazing piece of engineering and construction and no electricity required. We were told by the wonderful Volunteers who open the Museum for the public, that the building is in original condition apart from the roof which has been replaced and of course the installation of electricity. The building was certainly built to last and it's well worth the time it takes to look at the old films, photographs and items on display. Thanks to the lovely and informative Volunteers who offer a cup of tea and biscuits after you've had a good look around. The Museum is in Todd Street on the Mall, right next door to the John Flynn memorial church.
Written July 6, 2019
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
Couples
We were heading to the Adelaide House. We had learned a lot about John Flynn. However, when we arrived, there was no one around.

We went back to the Hartley Street School and the employer called the Adelaide House. First, they asked if we could come tomorrow. However, we were leaving Alice Springs by plane the next day.

Within 10 minutes, a man came with a smile and showed us the Adelaide House. I had never seen something like that. Wow!

Before 1926 there were no medical facilities.

John Flynn changed it. He started the first medical facility. There were two nursing sisters and the doctor was in Darwin. If there were problems, they used telegrams how to help the patient.

It was also a Christian mission.

John Flynn was in contact with the whole region with his short wave radio.

It was fascinating to learn how John Flynn was helping people. We were also appreciative for that man who opened the door for us. He told a lot as about this hospital and John Flynn as well and he took us at the nearby church, the one John Flynn attended.

The Australians are so friendly.

We thanked our guide immensely. What a great privilege!

P.S. It was not hot inside. (It was quite hot outside!) John Flynn, long time ago, found how to cool this hospital. That was amazing!

This is a must see!
Written September 14, 2018
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Anne M
Christchurch, New Zealand33 contributions
Friends
This house has a great over view of the history of Alice Springs as well as having some rooms in their original state. Lovely and cool inside. Helpful staff.
Written April 15, 2016
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Skeney57
Sydney, Australia21,375 contributions
Family
This was the first hospital in the area and was created through the vision & hard work of the Rev John Flynn to meet the medical needs of the local population. He even designed the floor plan & layout. One design innovation was a sub-floor area to facilitate cooling during the hot months which drew cooler air through the bottom of the building, expelling hot air out the eaves. Entry is by donation and it sits in the middle of Todd Mall and gives an interesting history of the early days of the town.
Written September 4, 2014
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