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.   It collects, preserves and encourages engagement with items both old and new, dating from St Vincent's foundation in 1893 to the present day.   In particular the centre strives to improve documentation, and community knowledge of the hospital's Mission and culture, its growth and development, its areas of key responsibility and achievement, and the social context in which it has operated.  

Highlights of the Collection

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

How the collection is used

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

This has included

  • Academic research
  • Celebration of organizational, departmental and personal milestones
  • Orientation and other educational activities
  • Information on St Vincent’s unique culture and history
  • Confirmation of facts and dates
  • Historical displays and tours
  • Support to promotional and fundraising activities
  • 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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