Sunday, 13 July 2008

Rozelle Mental Hospital - the end of an era

Since about 1840 there's been a mental institution in Rozelle. Some of the practices included chaining people up in basements.... As nasty as that sounds, the lack of staff and knowledge about how to treat people when they lost the plot kept people at least physically safe.
Now they've set up some new flash place that takes 3 buses to get there from the city (one to Rozelle)with 'state of the art' blah blah and high security.
There's been a lot of debate over what to do with the vast and beautiful area of Rozelle Hospital. Some will go the the Uni with an arts school already in the grounds but there's a lot more than that. I wonder if they will wait for things to die down and then sell to the highest bidder for an exclusive waterfront development... gee, would the government really do that? betcha!

I work in an office some days also situated in the Rozelle grounds and took my pocket digital out for a walk last Thursday lunchtime...

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