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The hospital operated from premises on the corner of George and Bridge Streets, Windsor known as Lilburn Hall from June 1922 until 1934. The hospital then operated from a leased site in Macquarie Street, Windsor until the new building was completed in Ross Street, part of the Anschau subdivision in April 1937. The hospital continued to operate on this site as a privately run facility until management was taken over by Hawkesbury District Hospital in July 1968.

In 1988 demountable premises to house the maternity unit were erected in the grounds of the Hawkesbury Hospital in Macquarie Street. The building in Ross Street has continued to be used for community health services. An integrated maternity unit was built as part of the new Hawkesbury Hospital which opened in August 1996.

Comments (17)

  • anon

    I was born in the Craignish Private Hospital Windsor in 1965. Im trying to locate any of the records in the maternity section at that time. I do not know my mother, except her name was Lillian Dunstan & 16 at the time of my birth...she also had a twin sister whos name I do not know. Can anybody help me with some info as to my knowledge the hospital did burn down

    May 24, 2009
  • anon

    Information on the history of Craignish Private Hospital may be found in the June 2002 edition of the Hawkesbury Historical Society Newsletter. In 1965 the hospital was still operated as a private hospital. Births at the hospital were registered with the NSW government. Records regarding the operation of the hospital, if they survive would be found in records of private hospitals in NSW which would be maintained by the NSW Department of Health. State Records at Kingswood would be able to advise whether these records have survived.

    Aug 03, 2009
  • anon

    my grand mother owned the hospital up to 1969. her name was sister edwards. she has since died. i was born in the hospital in 1964 and lived next door for 5 years. i would often see my grand mother tell the fathers to go home while there wife and babies slept. she was a tough but fair lady who always but the health of the baby and mother first. something that the health system shold take on board.

    May 04, 2012
  • anon

    yes i was born at Craignish too in 1955 and so were both my brothers. Sister Edwards birthed me also, her name is on my birth certificate. I was not aware the hospital burnt down, crying shame if it did.When I used to go there years later to see my aunts and cousins after thier children were born it always had a very quiet peaceful feeling about it and I remember it with nostalgia.I am going to try to get some birth time records.

    Aug 02, 2012
  • anon

    Thank you everyone for your comments, much appreciated,

    Jan 12, 2013
  • anon

    I was born at Craignish on January 20th 1955, and Sister Edwards also birthed me.
    I also remember Janette Thorpe also born there in 1955. Just went back to Windsor in January 2013, and went and photographed Craignish and the house I lived in.

    Jan 15, 2013
  • anon

    My daughter was born at Craignish Hospital in 1969 and we both would love to see a photo of where she was born. Would someone who has a photo be so kind as to scan and email to me. I would be more than happy to pay for the cost of a copy of the photo.

    Feb 24, 2014
  • anon

    My grandmother was Matron during the time. I will ask my aunty if there are photos of the hospital.

    Aug 04, 2015
  • anon

    Bill, I was also born at Craignish in 1963, was my sisters in 65,67 and 69. Your Grandmother was present at all our births and in fact my sister born in 1967 was named after your grandmother as Dr Skinner refused to have a baby born on his birthday called Deborah. So he asked Sister Edwards what her first named was, so my sister was called Bronwyn after your grandmother. Just a little bit of trivia for you.

    Oct 02, 2015
  • anon

    Hi Bill, I grew up in Richmond , trained as an RN at Windsor, midwifery at Crown Street, Sydney. I worked with your mother for a while at Craignish. I also knew your sister. She had been working overseas for a time. Cannot remember her name. She encouraged me to go to UK and Europe to work - which I did. Honoured to have known them both.

    May 09, 2016
  • anon

    Your article on Craignish Hospital was very interesting to me. My great Grandmother (Mrs Emmaline Hayes (nee Milsom) gave birth to her 3rd daughter at this hospital on 20 June 1922. Ten days later she died from a blood clot. Her husband Mr Clarence Mansfield Hayes was left with a 10 year old daughter (my Grandmother Daisy Hayes) and a 10 day old baby (June Hayes) as the eldest daughter had died 6 months prior. The baby stayed at the hospital for about the first 6 to 12 months. My Grandmother has told me that her mother was in a room at the front right hand side of the building (on the George Street side). Now I know that the hospital had only just opened prior to her giving birth.

    Jul 19, 2015
  • anon

    Further to my comment on 19 July 2015 - does anyone have a photo of Craignish Hospital in it's first location. I have taken photos of the building several times but would like one as it was back in 1922- 34. Please advise if this is possible. Thank you.

    Jul 20, 2015
  • anon

    Hi, I grew up in Richmond, in fact my family has been there since the first settlers and convicts walked in. As a young RN and a new midwife (trained at Crown Street Stdney), I worked at Craignish for a while. At that time it belonged to the Windsor Hospital but Mrs Edwards was still working there. It was an honour to know her. I also knew her daughter but cannot remember her name .... it was she (daughter) who told me about her time spent working in Europe and she encouraged me to do the same. So I was off to work in Europe. I rememebr both women fondly.

    May 09, 2016
  • anon

    Ann my Aunts name is Joyce Edwards. Recently turned 80 years and now living in Crookwell. The post by Bill Edwards is Sister Edwards grandson as i am her grandaughter

    Jan 21, 2017
  • anon

    I have been reading with great pleasure all the posts re Craignish. I was born there in April 1953 and I'm guessing it was also with Sister Edwards.
    My mother Shirley Sanday passed away Jan 1968 just 3 months before my 15th birthday.

    Jun 17, 2017
  • anon

    I was born at Craignish private hospital in 1965 when our family lived on Cox Street, Windsor. My father was based at RAAF Richmond barracks (38 Squadron) at the time. We were only there for a few short years before Dad was transferred again. I then grew up in Melbourne before finally settling in Perth. I went back to Windsor for the first time in 2015 during a trip to Sydney and enjoyed visiting some of the places my parents talked about. Windsor is a nice little town with a lot of history and worth a visit.

    Sep 03, 2017
  • anon

    I worked as a midwife at Craignish from 1972 until 1978, full time and part-time, and having both my children there. Win Edwards was a fabulous mentor and was always available to us even if she was off-duty, as she lived next door.
    It was the best place I have ever worked. Being in Ross Street kept us away from the humdrum of the hospital, which made working there so much better.
    So many wonderful memories.

    Oct 14, 2017

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