The lights, at least some of them, are on at the Mildura Station but there aren't any passenger trains scheduled and haven't been since 1993.
After speaking to a representative from Beach Energy, the new owners of Z Ward, I was afforded the opportunity to spend a number of hours documenting the Z Ward. I shot over 15 360˚ panoramas of the interior including both levels, individual cells, common areas and the exterior. I will be combining these panoramas into an interactive tour that I hope will go someway to preserving the character and history of this unique South Australian building.
The steel staircase between the ground floor and level 1
Z Ward, the home for the criminally insane, and part of Glenside Hospital. Today it was open to the public, for what will be the last time, today. This is the first of several 360˚ panoramas that I shot in and around the ward. Looking North on the 1st floor at the staircase landing.
The Z Ward was originally named L Ward and opened in 1885. The change of name from L to Z became necessary because the likelihood of misinterpretation with the advent of the telephone ("Hell Ward").
It had two floors with services and recreation areas and several rooms for the supervising attendants. The intent was to provide accommodation for violent and other difficult patients who could not be managed in the general hospital areas.
In August 2014, Beach Energy, a mining company, bought the $7.5 million, 2.14ha Glenside site - which includes Z Ward - to expand it's Glenside headquarters. As yet Beach Energy haven't determined a plan for redevelopment but the National Trust is working with the company in a bid to preserve parts of the interior.
In all my time growing up and living in Adelaide I never knew this place existed.
I arrived early as viewing was scheduled between 9am and 11:30am and I didn't want to miss out. Approximately 50 other people were there already and at 9:00am we were allowed into the ward. I spent a couple of hours exploring the building and surrounding grounds and photographed a number of 360˚ panoramas.
When I left the ward there was a line of people waiting to get in that went around the building, out to the road and extended as far as you could see along the footpath. Apparently around 3,000 people turned up and it was announced later that the company would be holding another open day.
On a cold winters night, in a funky warehouse in Port Adelaide, I joined over a hundred other people to hear Denis Smith talk about his passion for photography and light painting. It was one of the most enjoyable workshops I have ever attended.