Synergy of volunteer effort results in Isolation Ward fit out

Restoration Group secretary Fiona Dodds with the Tenterfield Men's Shed's Rex Holley, group chair John Brown and new recruit Terry Dodds, with the restored furniture.
Restoration Group secretary Fiona Dodds with the Tenterfield Men's Shed's Rex Holley, group chair John Brown and new recruit Terry Dodds, with the restored furniture.

A combined effort from three community groups has resulted in one of the hospital rooms in the 100-year-old Isolation Ward behind Tenterfield Hospital being fitted out in character.

Now that the structure of the ward has been restored to its former glory, the Isolation Ward Restoration group is seeking ward furniture of the period of the early 1900's.

Tenterfield Centenary Cottage Museum jumped in and, through its volunteers Joyce Grant and Daphne Struck, offered a bed and bed table on long-term loan.

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Both items needed some TLC after the ravages of time. Tenterfield Men's Shed, in the form of Rex Holley, stepped up to offer a de-rust and total repaint.

The hospital bed and bed table in situ, as it would have been a century ago.

The hospital bed and bed table in situ, as it would have been a century ago.

With the task now completed, the Restoration group has received these items back from the Men's Shed, furnishing the ward room in character.

"We are most appreciative of both Centenary Cottage and Rex Holley and his volunteers, for their kindness," the group's Ian Unsworth said.

"This will enhance the community's enjoyment of the Spanish Influenza museum when it eventually opens."

The hospital bed came with a brass plaque, and investigations continue into the significance of Thomas Westbury.

The hospital bed came with a brass plaque, and investigations continue into the significance of Thomas Westbury.

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