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Westlawn Building, Riverview Hospital

Riverview Hospital and Colony Farm Riverview Hospital and Colony Farm had a unique relationship. They were both

Riverview Hospital Sports Day, 1957

completely self sufficient and totally independent. The hospital cared for the patients and some of the patients worked at Colony Farm as part of their physical therapy. The farm provided the hospital with

In an interview, Ron Talbot talked about his father Arthur, who was the chief steward of Riverview for 43 years from 1913 to 1956. Arthur was a man of many talents - artist, piano player, singer, fisherman, hunter, and soccer player. The Talbot family and other staff families had to live on site. The staff paid no rent for their houses. Ron says it was a little scary growing up at Riverview. His mother, who was a psychiatric nurse, told the children that they had to talk to the patients, and if they were offered candy they had to take it. They could always throw it in the trash later. Patients had to do chores around the staff’s houses such as chop wood, clean house, etc.

Riverview Hospital and Colony Farm

vegetables, fruits, eggs, and various types of meat such as pork, beef, and chicken. The farm had their labour needs met by some of the patients from the hospital.

In the farm annex at Colony Farm during the 1930s, one hundred twenty-five patients with Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, mental and physical disease had all their

Riverview Hospital Sports Day, 1954


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