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Ex-patient’s trip down memory lane

Fire ‘accidental’

Stephen Taylor steve@baysidenews.com.au

Paddler dies AN 84-year-old man found underneath his upturned paddle board 200 metres off the Rye sailing club, Wednesday 1 March, could not be revived. The man, a father of three from Rye, was brought to shore by two jet skiers who unsuccessfully tried CPR, at about 11am. Sergeant Paul Dickson, of Rosebud police, said there were no suspicious circumstances in the man’s death, which had earlier been reported as a “medical incident”. The Water Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Welsh style KIRKS Hotel on the Esplanade in Mornington vibrated with the sound of Welsh music in the traditional style with more than 200 people attended the Australian Welsh Male Choir inaugural ‘singing in the pub’ event last Wednesday. The choir is on three-week tour of Asia, taking in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong. The next pub session will be Wednesday 29 March, 8pm.

MEMORIES good and bad came flooding back when a former child patient of a now-dilapidated and disused Mt Eliza children’s hospital visited the Jacksons Rd site last week. Don Lawson, 83, but only “three or four” at the time, spent many weeks at the 100-bed Royal Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital in 1939 when it cared for children with tuberculosis, osteomyelitis, club foot, curvature of the spine, and infantile paralysis. He was there to have his feet “straightened”, as was the way in those days, which meant fracturing the bones and resetting them in plaster. Visiting from Toora last week with his younger brother Geoff, who lives in Mornington, Don recalled the smell of the chloroform anaesthetic. “I still have the scars on my ankles from the treatment and the smell of the chloroform is something I will never forget,” he said. Better memories were of days spent at the nearby beach and the care of the “lovely” nurses. But, being just a little boy, he was always sad when mum and dad had to leave at the end of their regular visits. The hospital had open-air wards, summer and winter, with the children exposed to “those two great physicians, sunshine and fresh air, to bring them back to health”, as written up in a visitor’s account of the hospital back in the day. It says the hospital used “modern medical science [and] all that nature

Healing memories: Brothers Geoff and Don Lawson at the former children’s hospital in Mt Eliza. Picture: Yanni

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6 March 2017

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