Crown Street Women’s Hospital: A History 1893–1983
Crown Street Women’s Hospital, in the heart of Surry Hills, was the largest women’s hospital in NSW. A referral hospital for women and an obstetric teaching centre, it also cared for Sydney’s poorest and most marginalised women.
The announcement of Crown Street’s closure resulted in public uproar and street demonstrations. This comprehensive history reflects Sydney’s rich past, and reveals why Crown Street’s 90 years had such an impact.
Judith Godden is a freelance historian specialising in the history of healthcare. She is a former academic at the University of Sydney and an Honorary Associate in its Department of History.