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Brighton Health Campus - History: Home

Evolution of the Eventide Nursing Home and Brighton Health Campus

Welcome to the History of the Brighton Health Campus

Brighton Health Campus is a significant community of care, poised to evolve, enhance and expand services to deliver excellence in all aspects. Brighton Health Campus holds special value to different people, including:

  • Its cultural heritage at the mouth of the Pine River flowing into Moreton Bay
  • Its military legacy in the local community, including enduring links with the Royal Australian Air Force since WW2
  • A proud tradition of benevolence and helping those most vulnerable and disadvantaged
  • A continuing tradition of innovation which emerged in the 1980s when transitioning to the then new Eventide Nursing Home
  • Access to its healing location by the sea where many now come for restorative and rehabilitation care
  • Community appreciation and recognition for the care provided for residents, families and patients, and acknowledgement of the essential support this provides to our hospitals
  • The personal connection and involvement of staff in providing compassionate healthcare and support services.

The Brighton Health Campus has had a long, and varied history since the initial establishment of the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum in the 1800s. In October 2016, the Campus celebrated its 70th Anniversary. This site contains highlights spanning decades, historical photographs and links to further information.

Community Stories Project


In 2017 Brighton Health Campus commemorated its 70th Anniversary, with historical displays, entertainment and a story-telling session where community members could reminisce and share their personal stories and memories of Brighton Health Campus.

You may browse contributed stories - or do you have your own story to share about the Eventide Nursing Home, or Brighton Health Campus? Please contact the Librarian for further information.

For further historical resources, please refer to the "More..." page.

Pictured: Eventide - Sandgate, August 1965. Queensland State Archives, 1960./ desaturated from the original.

Photo Gallery (Copyright free images sourced from Trove http://trove.nla.gov.au/picture/)

Dunwich Benevolent Asylum ca.1890

Dunwich Benevolent Asylum ca.1890

Horses at the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum nd.

Dunwich Benevolent Asylum theatre ca.1890

Victoria Hall at the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum 1897

Dunwich Benevolent Asylum mess room 1900

Patients at the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum 1905

Dunwich Benevolent Asylum womens quarters 1906

Christmas Day at the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum 1906

Staff at the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum nd.

Dunwich Benevolent Asylum womens quarters 1914

Dunwich Benevolent Asylum kitchen ca.1919

Dunwich Benevolent Asylum Superintendent - Dr F. Challands and Mrs Challands 1932

Dunwich Benevolent Asylum ca.1935

Tents and horsedrawn carriage at the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum 1935

Staff of the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum 1937

Waiting for a meal at the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum 1938

Dunwich Benevolent Asylum 1938

Resident at the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum 1938

Four workers at the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum 1938

RAAF Staff 1942

First arrivals 1946

Nursing Uniform 1946

Eventide Nursing Home female residents 1949

Eventide Nursing Home male residents 1949

Eventide Nursing Home grocery items 1949

Nursing Uniform 1950

Eventide Nursing Home sewing room ca.1950

Christmas Day 1950

Eventide Nursing Home ladies recreation room 1952

Eventide Nursing Home food service 1952

Eventide Nursing Home mens mess hall 1952

Eventide Nursing Home inmates room 1955

HRH Princess Alexandra visits Eventide September 1959

Eventide Nursing Home bowling green 1965

Eventide Nursing Home clinical care 1965

Eventide Nursing Home dining room 1965

Eventide Nursing Home executive 1965

Eventide Nursing Home kitchen 1965

Eventide Nursing Home mens dining room 1965

Eventide Nursing Home occupational therapy 1965

Eventide Nursing Home occupational therapy 1965

Eventide Nursing Home recreation room 1965

Eventide Nursing Home 1965

Eventide Nursing Home theatre 1965

Eventide Nursing Home ward 1965

Eventide Nursing Home ward 1965

Eventide Nursing Home ward 1965

Beach Walk 1970

Reconstruction of RAAF Huts 1970

Residents dancing 1970

View of Eventide 1970

Wards ca.1975

Hornibrooke Bridge 1975

Redevelopment 1983

Flinders House Dining Room 1983

The Prince of Wales, visiting Gannet House, Eventide, 1983-1984

Eventide Nursing Home 50 Anniversary 24 March 1990

Eventide Medallion awarded in 1996 celebrating 50 years of caring from 1946 - 1996.

Gannet House, Eventide Aged Care Facility 2000

Brighton Health Campus


Traditional Owners

The Brighton Health Campus would like to respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which this Campus resides, and Elders past, present and emerging.

We also recognise those whose ongoing effort to protect and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures will leave a lasting legacy for future Elders and leaders.

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