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Brighton Health Campus - History: 1930s

Evolution of the Eventide Nursing Home and Brighton Health Campus



In 2013 monetary values Queensland Government funding to the Asylum was $1,900 per person/per year in 1900 and $2,900 in 1932.


On the 4th October the official opening of the Hornibrook Highway by the governor Sir.L.O.Wilson.

Manuel Hornibrook’s words captured the excitement on Friday 4 October 1935 when the longest bridge in Australia spanned the 8,806 feet (2,686 metres) between Sandgate and Clontarf.

He said “The hour is come” as he drove over his creation that enabled Redcliffe, severely handicapped by lack of transport since the abandonment of the first white settlement in 1825, to be rediscovered for its natural beauty and as Brisbane’s most pleasant seaside suburb.


In 1936 there were 950 residents at Dunwich State benevolent asylum, 85.9% (816) of whom were male. 


A concrete draughts-board was built in 1937, providing entertainment and was much appreciated by the inmates. 

The Benevolent Asylum, however was deteriorating rapidly, to the point where some buildings were deemed unsafe. Issues also arose over the inadequate water supply to cope with the population, and a cemetery that was almost full.


Dr F.Challands and Mrs Challands - Medical Superintendent Dunwich 1932. from The State Library of Queensland.

Governor of Queensland, Sir Leslie Orme Wilson, arrives at the official opening of the Hornibrook Highway, Redcliffe, 1935. from The State Library of Queensland.

Dunwich Benevolent Asylum 1938

Dunwich Benevolent Asylum 1938. from The State Library of Queensland.

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