Yellow Heart Gallery
Greatest Hits: Great images from the first 100 years of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network
Curator name(s): Emily Collins, Museum Consultant, WCHN History & Heritage Collection
Gallery Location: Level 1, Zone F — just past the Queen Victoria Lecture Theatre
Exhibition dates: 10 December 2018 to 22 January 2019
‘Greatest Hits’ is a term usually associated with albums that feature a musician or band’s best-loved songs. This exhibition brings you a different kind of album: a photo album. It is a ‘best of’ compilation from the photo archive of the WCHN’s History and Heritage Collection, showcasing some striking and evocative images from the period 1876 to 1976.
Among the great ‘singles’ in this exhibition album are scenes from the old Queen’s Home, Queen Victoria Hospital and Estcourt House. There is even a star appearance from the tour van of the Mothers’ and Babies’ Health Association, predecessor to the former Child and Youth Health.
Like many a hit single, each exhibition image conjures an atmosphere and tells a story. Most sing of the changes that have occurred throughout the Network during its first century. Some illustrate the dedication and expertise of past characters who served at the WCHN’s various institutions, and the bonds between them. Above all, this exhibition is a testament to the spirit and resilience of the children who have, over the years, graced the Network’s gardens, wards and halls.