Former Mundubbera Hospital transformed into a grand Queenslander home
A FORMER hospital has been turned in to a grand Queenslander-style home with a whopping 1000 sqm of living space.
Four times bigger than the average Aussie house, it has six bedrooms and three bathrooms, and is located on a sprawling 232 acres of prime rural land on the Burrum River, west of Maryborough on the Fraser Coast.
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The sale of the iconic property comes as locals prepare to launch a book on the history of the hospital.
Freelance writer Susan Crofts is compiling the book on behalf of the Mundubbera Hospital Auxillary, which raises vital funds for equipment and other services.
It will be launched to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the opening of the new hospital in 1999.
“It (the original hospital) was built in 1929 and was originally known as the Mundubbera Memorial Hospital in honour of the returned soldiers,” Ms Crofts said.
“It came about because the rail line was about to come through and a few of the local people saw a need for it, campaigned for it, raised funds for it.
“It was later named after Dr Stanley Vincent O’Regan, who became its first medical superintendent.
“He was in private practice before the hospital opened and it was renamed in his honour after he died in 1947.”
Due to the remote location of the hospital, medical staff treated every conceivable ailment and emergency, from birthing babies to the amputation of limbs.
There was even an isolation ward for patients struck down by illness like polio and scarlet fever before the advent of vaccinations.
“I explored Trove and found newspaper articles about horrific farm accidents, road accidents … they treated everything there,” Ms Crofts said.
The book draws upon numerous stories from staff who worked at the hospital before it was decommissioned in 1999.
After ending its service as a hospital, the buildings were sold off.
Ms Crofts said the maternity ward was moved to Gayndah and transformed in to a home and the isolation ward, which was no longer required after the late 1970s, was moved to a nearby orchard.
It is the main building, which is impressive to say the least, that is now on the market for $1.475 with Elders Real Estate — Toogoom and Northern Beaches.
Described as a “private oasis”, it has been fully renovated and rebuilt, with character features including polished timber floors, soaring ceilings, VJ walls, ornate cornices, pendant lighting, feature fire places, French doors and sweeping verandas still in place.
The lower level has a self-contained apartment with its own entry that includes two large bedrooms, a period-era bathroom, an enormous games and living area, a kitchenette and dining area.
Upstairs there are four more bedrooms including a master suite with a full ensuite and spa bath, walk-in robe, dressing room or nursery.
There is also a family bathroom, two formal living and dining rooms and a huge kitchen and butlers pantry that flows out on to the rear, enclosed veranda.
Many of the upstairs rooms also have French doors that open on to the verandas.
Other features include a pool, town water, rainwater tanks and three dams, a double garage and a shed.
It is located a short drive from the boat ramp, beach and is about 17 minutes from Hervey Bay.
Agent Alison Suidgeest said the residence felt like a step back in time.
“The renovation has been superb … hundreds of thousands of dollars (worth),” she said.
All of the original windows and doors have been refurbished, and a lot of the light fittings have come from historic Glebe House in Sydney.
“It still has its original fireplaces. It is just beautiful.”
Ms Suidgeest said they had already received some interest in the property due to the potential to subdivide the land.
But there has also been interest from potential buyers looking to turn it in to a wellness retreat or a statement bed and breakfast, she said.
Judging by the photographs, and its location, producers and directors might also want to take a look.
Ms Suidgeest said the house was moved in parts from Mundubbera by a previous owner, and had sat idle for some time until the current owner took on the work, even adding an additional wing.
She said that while the listing had six bedrooms, it could easily be an eight or nine bedroom home.
“It is enormous,” she said.
A similar property in Sydney would likely cost well in excess of tens of millions of dollars, and that’s without any land.
“It is a unique and amazing home,” Ms Suidgeest said.
To find out more about the history of the house, the Mundubbera Hospital Auxillary will be hosting a book launch event on October 12 at the Mundubbera Bowls Club.
An entire steer, a weekend getaway and a host of other prizes will also be auctioned off to raise funds for the local hospital.
For more information visit the Mundubbera Hospital History Facebook page.