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An archival photograph from the 80s of a group of men having a picnic on the grass.
An archival photograph from the 80s of a group of men having a picnic on the grass.
 
 
 
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AIDS Memorial Garden Walking Tour

Stories of hope, heartache and horticulture from the site of the old Fairfield
Presented by: Thorne Harbour Health (VAC)
 

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Sun 10 Feb midday - 2pm
Melbourne Polytechnic College Fairfield Campus, Yarra Bend Rd, Fairfield

Thorne Harbour Health and Polytechnic invite you to join them in marking the 30 years of the AIDS Memorial Garden with a special walking tour and morning tea to mark the 30 years since it was opened on the grounds of the former Fairfield Hospital. Enjoy the lush grounds of what is now part of Melbourne Polytechnic College Fairfield and listen to stories from the Fairfield Hospital at the height of the AIDS crisis in Australia.

Located in the grounds of Fairfield Hospital, which at the time was responsible for the care of the majority of HIV/AIDS patients in Victoria, it was officially opened in April 1988. The Garden, originally established by Victorian AIDS Council volunteers, remains to this day a treasured resource and place of quiet reflection.

Fairfield Hospital was originally opened in 1904. Diseases treated included typhoid, cholera, scarlet fever and in it's final years HIV/AIDS. Despite plans for it's closure in the early 1990s, an unprecedented community campaign kept the hospital open. By the time it closed in 1996 it was the last specific infectious diseases hospital in Australia.

In 2004, after the site was acquired by Melbourne Polytechnic College (previously known as North Melbourne Institute of TAFE), the Garden was transformed into a valuable learning space for Horticulture and Landscape students. Interest in the old hospital grounds was rekindled in recent years with the release of the 2015 movie Holding The Man. This walking tour provides a rare opportunity to visit sections of the former hospital site not normally accessible to the general public.

This event has been made possible thanks to the ongoing co-operation between Melbourne Polytechnic College Fairfield and Thorne Harbour Health, previously known as the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC)/Gay Men's Health Centre (GMHC).

Long periods of standing or nontraditional seating. The garden portion of the tour is not accessible for wheelchair users. 

www.thorneharbour.org
Image: Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives
Sponsor: Melbourne Polytechnic

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Sun 10 Feb midday - 2pm
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FREE – requires registration

Where

Melbourne Polytechnic College Fairfield Campus
Yarra Bend Rd, Fairfield
Map - East
East: how to get there

Open PTV website to plan your trip Hurstbridge line to Dennis + 25 min walk

Open PTV website to plan your trip Bus 250,251 to Victoria Rd/Westgarth St | bus 546 to Jeffrey St/Heidelberg Rd

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