Walk through the grounds of Gladesville Hospital and surrounds to see the gardens planted to calm troubled minds and elegant 19th century buildings. The walk commences at the corner of Punt Road and Victoria Rd Gladesville. We will walk down Punt Road to Looking Glass Bay past the imposing sandstone walls of the hospital. At Looking Glass Bay we will stop to view the outside of Rockend Cottage once the home of Banjo Patterson’s grandmother and then we will walk on Bedlam Bay to see the remains of the wharf where the punt crossed the river on the Old North Road. A short wak through remnant bushland brings us into the extensive grounds of the Gladesville Hospital. Here we will see the gardens planted to calm troubled minds and many of the elegant buildings built to reflect the new style of mental health treatment pioneered in Sydney by Dr Frederick Manning, the Hospital’s first superintendent. Some of the buildings which will be viewed include the Medical Superintendent’s House (1878), the original buildings designed by Mortimer Lewis ( 1835-1845), later buildings designed by James Barnet (1876 – 78). we will also visit the site of the cemetery where most graves are unmarked. If time permits we will also walk down Salter St to the priory which was acquired for hospital use in 1888.
Length: 4 kilometres
Duration: 3 hours