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Coming Home: a social history exhibition

BY Bundoora Homestead Art Centre | 23-Sep-2014
COMING HOME is a social history exhibition exploring the history of Bundoora Homestead as a Repatriation Mental Hospital for returned servicemen from 1920 until 1993.
Venue: Bundoora Homestead Art Centre
Address: 7-27 Snake Gully Drive, Bundoora
Date: Friday 3 October – Sunday 7 December 2014
Time: Wednesday to Friday 11am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday 12 noon-5pm
Ticket: FREE
Buy / Ticket: www.bundoorahomestead.com/
Web: www.bundoorahomestead.com/
Call: (03) 9496 1060
02_Bundoora Repatriation Mental Hospital_Ward Dining Room_c1930s

Credit line: Bundoora Repatriation Mental Hospital c1930s. A nurse standing in a ward dining room. AWM: H19372.
This free exhibition runs from 3 October to 7 December 2014. COMING HOME tells a story of state and national significance, and reveals elements of a little known chapter in the care and management of veterans suffering from mental disorders as a result of their war service. Historical photographs from the National Archives of Australia, Australian War Memorial, Red Cross and City of Darebin Art and History Collection will be on display. Also included are artefacts, artworks and personal stories from a wide variety of private and public collections. 

After the First World War (1914 - 1918), the Commonwealth Government identified Bundoora Park estate, a 1890s Queen Anne style federation mansion and its grounds, as a suitable site for a Convalescent Farm. In 1924, the site became the Bundoora Repatriation Mental Hospital and was the first psychiatric facility established in Victoria to provide on-going care and rehabilitation for veterans with an accepted psychiatric illness due to their war service.