Author: Sandra Hopper

A Treasure Trove of memories from the Royal Children's Hospital

A page from Sister Saunders' scrapbook of a girl holding a puppy
Sister Saunders' scrapbook
Citation: 16870/P1

Recently, while digging through the archives I discovered a series of records within our health related records that took my interest.  The series is a real treasure trove and it includes Sister Dorothy Saunders’ scrapbook full of papers, trinkets and memorabilia. It offers us a glimpse into the personal history of Sister Saunders’ long and rewarding career at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.

Dorothy Saunders trained at the Royal Children’s Hospital between the years 1928-1933 and was Sister In Charge of the operating theatres from the early 1930s until her retirement in 1972.

During her time at the Royal Children’s Hospital Sister Saunders documented her career highlights in this large and lovingly created scrapbook which dates back to the 1960s.

The scrapbook holds a variety of memorabilia all beautifully presented and highlighting special occasions such as:

  • certificates received for passing various training courses
  • invitations such as Centenary invitations
  • newspaper clipping
  • many greeting cards she received with good wishes
  • photos and Correspondence
  • travel highlights

Click here to take a look at our flickr site and see some of the highlights of Sister Saunders’ scrapbook.

Written by Sandra Hopper, Access Services Officer, Public Record Office Victoria.

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