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Celebration Of Hospital’s History

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Nanango Citizens Auxiliary members added a World War I flavour to the morning dressed in their nursing uniforms … from left, Mary Okely, Auxiliary president Robyn Gurney and Judy Forster

September 17, 2018

Nanango Hospital’s 120th birthday was celebrated on Saturday with a Spring Fete held in the grounds of the town’s former maternity home, Ringsfield House.

The fete – and the fundraising Cent Auction held later in the afternoon at Taras Hall – were a year in the making.

And local residents appreciated the effort. Cars lined both sides of Alfred Street and stretched around the block.

Organisers Anne Wendt and Sally Gillies stressed the role of the fete was not a fundraiser.

It was simply a celebration of the 120 years of history linked to Nanango Hospital, the oldest continually working hospital in Queensland.

A display of hospital memorabilia, including photos and newsclippings, proved popular in the old schoolhouse building located in Ringsfield’s grounds.

Current and former employees at the hospital flicked through the pages of scrapbooks, sharing memories.

Outside, there were numerous local stalls for visitors to explore, including plants for sale from the Nanango Gardening Club, bric-a-brac, hand-knitted goods and clothing.

Nanango country singer Harry Early added even more atmosphere to the morning, playing live music in the courtyard area behind Ringsfield House.

Anne Wendt and Sally Gillies, from Nanango, were called upon to organise the hospital fete

Harry Early, from Nanango, was providing live entertainment with country songs

Nanango nurse Sue Cox was carrying out free blood pressure checks … Chloe Riley, from Nanango, passed with flying colours

Nanango artist Anthony Donas was doing painting on his stall

Nanango Hospital nurses Sue Cox, Sherry Ludke, Karen Cooke and Suzanne Robinson were looking after the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service stall

Pam Lee, from Nanango, was one of the many local stallholders taking part in the fete

Checking out the history display in the old schoolhouse were former Nanango Hospital nurse Glenda Turnbull; Margaret Quinlan, a current employee at the hospital; and Wilma Simmons, a former domestic at Nanango Hospital

Ringsfield’s well-manicured gardens provided the perfect backdrop for the Nanango Hospital Fete

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