Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sydney Eye Hospital

Sydney Eye Hospital marked its 199th birthday on 30 October 2010. The Hospital was once known as the Rum Hospital as the consortium of businessmen expected to recoup the cost of the building and gain considerable profits with the selling of Rum.

The Hospital comprised three main buildings fronting Macquarie Street.

The hospital now stands in the Central Pavilion.

The original North Wing is now Parliament House. The South Wing became the Colonial Mint and in turn, the Mint Museum.

In 1788 when the first of the 736 convicts who survived the voyage to Australia many arrived suffering from dysentery, smallpox, scurvy, and typhoid.
Knowing a hospital would have to be made Governor Phillip and Surgeon-G
eneral John White established a tent hospital to care for the worst cases.

A portable hospital was prefabricated in England from wood and copper which arrived in Sydney with the Second Fleet in 1790.

Upon Governor Macquarie’s arrival he discovered that the Sydney Cove's hospital was an affair of tents and temporary buildings.
Macquarie set aside land on the western edge of the Government Domain for a new hospital and created a new road Macquarie Street.

With the British Government refusing to provide funds to build the hospital Macquarie entered into a contract with a consortium of businessmen - Garnham Blaxcell, Alexander Riley and, later, D'Arcy Wentworth.

They were to receive convict labour and supplies and a monopoly on rum imports from which they expected to recoup the cost of the building and gain considerable profits. The contract allowed them to import 45,000 (later increased to 60,000) gallons of rum to sell to colonists and was signed on 6 November 1810.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

My Car in an accident

Today while driving my car out of the driveway i noticed the young guy across the road was about to get in his car and thinking he would have seen me reversing i started to reverse the car out.

Im pretty careful as i reverse out onto the street in case there are any children walking along or any cars.

So as i am about to get onto the road the young guy starts to reverse his car and dosent look, i see the car is going pretty fast and thinking i should move my car forward he hits my car before i had a chance to move.

My reaction was oh ok he has hit my car.

I got out of the car and all that has happened is that i have a small ding in the back panel.

I think he was in shock and upset what he has done, and i have been trying to tell him that it is ok.

Next door to me my neighbour has a friend and he had a look at the car and works as a panel beater so we have arranged for the car to be taken there to be checked and the car will be fixed there.

Im not sure why im not worried about it but it but as i have told his family it is a car, no-one has been hurt and the car is still drivable, as i dont want to take the car to where the panel beater is, i have asked that on of his family do it for me.

Im waiting to see if i go into shock but so far nothing has happened to me. I feel more sorry for the young guy as i think it has affected him more than it has me.