McBride Hospital was the new name given to the Salvation Army run McBride Maternity Hospital in 1975. Situated in Medindie it ceased to operate as a maternity hospital in 1978 and became a convalescent hospital with a small hostel for single mothers and their babies. The hostel ceased operating in 1983 and the convalescent hospital closed in 1986.
In 1975 the Salvation Army run McBride Maternity Hospital in Briar Avenue, Medindie changed its name to McBride Hospital when it ceased to operate solely as a maternity hospital. In 1978 the last baby was born at McBride. The premises became primarily a convalescent hospital with a small hostel area downstairs for single mothers who had given birth elsewhere. This final service for women and babies stopped in 1983 and the convalescent hospital closed three years later. The property was sold and the proceeds used to finance hostel accommodation for the elderly.
Sources used to compile this entry: George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005, http://nunku.org.au/resources/; State Records of South Australia, 'Agency Details: GA2053 McBride Maternity Hospital, formerly Adelaide Maternity Home', in State Records of South Australia, ArchivesSearch, http://archives.sa.gov.au.
Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George
Created: 29 May 2012, Last modified: 11 June 2014