Many St George Hospital Graduate nurses turned out on Saturday 25 February 2017 for the Special handover Ceremony of Primrose House. The Memories and History of Primrose House at Dolls Point was emotional for many of us that had spent 2 to 3 months during our training working there.
The Scott’s College organised a very delightful morning, commencing with a Guard of Honour of students and their Pipe band, piping the official party to the verandah.
Speeches from the Local member and Council representative explaining the effort that was taken to save Primrose House from going to developers and thanking the Community for their support was some of the opening events. The Chaplain, School Principle and School Prefect also made speeches before the keys to Primrose House were handed over. A book with the History of Primrose House was purchased by the Committee to keep in our Nurses Museum.
Official Handover of Primrose House
Many of us wondered through the Home to revisit the wards we worked in, the kitchen were great meals were prepared and good morning and afternoon tea served. A special moment was climbing up the three flights of stairs to the attic were we as nurses had our bedrooms, and able to look out at Botany Bay and breath in the salty air.
The old central stair case has been removed , but we could remember the few stairs that used to creak as we came in at night and tried to miss them, so not to wake our then Matron Sister Pace. We will always remember the fun times and experiences we had while we worked at Primrose House, and wish Scott’s College many years of happiness and long memories to come.
The renovations will take some time and it will be great to return at the reopening of a wonderful old lady.