In 2022 The Maitland Hospital closed its doors and relocated to a new facility at Metford. My work as a photographer over a year between 2021 and 2022 was to capture the hospital as it was at the end of this chapter. Over 175 years the hospital held people through births and deaths and everything in between. In a space that was often defined by protocol and bureaucracy, it was fascinating to see the clues that told these stories. In the anachronisms and alterations I saw the hospital’s history, in decorations and personal touches I saw people’s creativity, resourcefulness, their sense of humour and the values they shared. In the people who worked at the old Maitland Hospital, I saw their dedication, how much they cared and their unique contributions.
These photographs are part of the Collected Memory Project, and its companion exhibition A Conspicuous Object - The Maitland Hospital. For more information, please visit aconspicuousobject.com.au ︎︎︎