The Growth Years – 1905-1971


  • 1905 – Bulli Hospital lit by acetylene gas
  • 1906 – Male Ward & Operating Theatre opened
  • 1923 – Bulli Hospital acquires Buick ambulance
  • 1925 – New Men’s Ward opened, Hospital grown to 1400 industrial subscribers
  • 1925 – Bulli Ambulance moved to be centred on Bulli Hospital
  • 1929 – Bellambi Coal Company donates money for X-Ray machine for Bulli Hospital – more
  • 1929 – Control of Hospitals in NSW by Hospitals Commission under Public Hospitals Act 1929
  • 1934 – New Ward Blocks opened – includes Isolation Block
  • 1945 – Work starts on new additions – Children’s Ward, Nurses Quarters, Maternity
  • 1946 – Foundations for Bulli Hospital additions laid by C A Kelly Minister for Health
  • 1946 – Foundation Stone for Maternity Ward laid
  • 1947 – New Male Ward opened & air conditioned !, also Theatre Block with X Ray, Childrens Ward & Administration Block also opened
  • 1948 – New Maternity Ward opens on Mothers Day – more
  • 1955 – Bulli Hospital Women’s Auxiliary hold Fete – fundraising
  • 1957 – New Administration Block commissioned
  • 1957 – New Administration Block officially opened
  • 1960-70’s – Hospitals Commission established to create Metropolitan & Rural Hospital Regions to promote better Information Flow between Commission and Hospitals
  • 1960 – Bulli Hospital given Humidicrib valued at 601 pounds by Towradgi Ladies Bowling Club
  • 1964-65 – Port Kembla Hospital opens & Bulli Hospital’s CEO Ray Crux is its first CEO
  • 1967 – Sid Wearne President of Bulli Hospital Board opens new Blood Bank built by Austinmer Lions Club
  • 1968 – Modern heart equipment installed in Bulli Hospital – 1st outside the Metropolitan area
  • 1968 – $150,000 allocated for Bulli Hospital – new operating theatre, increase women’s & children’s wards to total 103 beds
  • 1968 – Bulli Hospital now has the most advanced X-Ray equipment in Australia
  • 1969 – New Sid Wearne Ward Block opened
  • 1971 – Bulli Hospital Lab Test Equipment saves time – 1st Hospital to get it on South Coast
  • 1971 – Sid Wearne retires as President of Bulli Hospital Board

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