Archives and Heritage Centre

Our mission

The SVHM Archives and Heritage Centre is a cultural collection dedicated to the story of St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne.   We collect, preserve and encourage engagement with items dating from St Vincent's foundation in 1893 to the present day.   Areas of particular interest include the hospital's founders, Mission, and people; its growth and development; its areas of key responsibility and achievement; and the social context in which it has operated.  


Highlights of the Collection

The collection is a very deep and rich one, providing wonderful insight into the diverse activities of the hospital through the years.   

Collection highlights include:

  • leather-bound casebooks of early surgeons and physicians (1893 – 1910)*
  • records and memorabilia from the SVHM Nurses Training School
  • plans of major building developments
  • photographs and publicity material
  • annual reports
  • research papers of hospital historians
  • memoirs and papers of past staff
  • equipment and instruments linked to St Vincent’s innovations or personalities.

*Please note that most medical records other than these early casebooks are managed by the Health Information Services department and first enquiry to access medical records should be via that department.

How the collection is used

The collection has been used by both those within the hospital and by the broader community.

Within the hospital the collection has been used to support communication, fundraising and Mission activities.   It has also been used to confirm facts & dates needed by areas as disparate as Engineering and Finance, Service Development, HR and Legal.   It has been used in the celebration of organizational and personal milestones, including St Vincent's 125th anniversary in 2018, the 60th anniversary of St Vincent's At Home in 2019, and the 110th anniversary of the St Vincent's Clinical School in 2020.

The collection has also been used for:

  • Academic research
  • Orientation and educational activities
  • Alumni reunions
  • Genealogical research
  • Exhibitions and displays
  • Campus and collection tours
  • Inspiration for artist-in-residence and other artistic projects
  • Source material for publications and films.


The Hospital Archivist can be contacted by email or telephone 9231 3040 (Wednesday – Friday).

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