Princess Margaret Hospital

Front of Princess Margaret Hospital with sculpture of father and children looking towards sign and kite emblemBased in Subiaco, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH) was Western Australia’s fist dedicated children’s hospital before Perth Children’s Hospital replaced the 107-year-old facility in 2018.

Throughout history, PMH was at the forefront of many medical breakthroughs as well as providing a caring place for patients and their families.

The history of PMH dates back to 1897, when a young girl gave threepence to Perth businessman Charles Moore and said she would like to donate it to the children’s hospital. 

In 1909, after 12 years of fundraising and lobbying efforts, the girl’s wish came true when Perth’s Children’s Hospital opened to the public. The original facilities included 40 beds, an operating theatre and outpatient department.  It was renamed Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in 1949, after Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II.

While PMH underwent many renovations over the years, WA’s rapidly growing and changing population meant more room was needed. It was determined that building a new, purpose-built children's hospital would better address the community's future paediatric health needs.

At its closure, PMH had approximately 220 beds and served more than 280,000 patients per year.

Saying goodbye to PMH

Before the opening of Perth Children’s Hospital, PMH and the PMH Foundation – now known as the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation – organised a number of commemorative events to acknowledge the hospital’s contribution to the community of WA. 

Watch the video below to see highlights from the PMH Commemorative Events.

Take a trip down memory lane

Channel 7 Perth's Today Tonight program featured a story on the history and evolution of PMH which aired in November 2014. The feature includes interviews with retired PMH nurse Maurine Callard, former Head of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Unit Dr Nerida Dilworth, Medical Director Clinical Governance Dr Alan Duncan, Nurse Researcher Jeanette Robertson and retired Executive Director Nursing and Patient Support Services Anne Bourke.

You can watch it below.

PMH Archives

The PMH Archives provide a place for continuing preservation of Western Australia’s first children’s hospital’s history and heritage, collect new items and connect the community with the story of PMH. 

The Archives is run by volunteers, and uses the recognised archival principles of identification, classification, storage, retrieval and display. 

Access to the archive

The Archives team are working towards making the collection available for public viewing in the future.


Donations to the archive from past PMH patients, staff and families are welcome. Please contact the coordinator below.

Contact the Archives

Anne Bourke, Archives Coordinator


0414 293 001



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