Location Between Forest Road and Bloomfield Road, a place within Sir Jack Brabham Park and Bloomfield Hospital Precinct.
Statement of Significance
Bloomfield Hospital was developed as a mental health facility in the 1920s and is still in operation today. Bloomfield’s unmistakable institutional character of both buildings and grounds forms a distinctive feature on the Southern fringe of the city.
The land on which Bloomfield Hospital was built was cleared by the future inmates themselves, who were sent out to Orange from Gladesville and Callan Park. Bloomfield Hospital opened in 1925 with 23 patients. Over the next twenty years the number of patients had risen to 1800 requiring various additions and extensions over time.
Bloomfield emphasised outdoor and sporting activities in its rehabilitation programs. Over time, two ovals, a nine hole golf course and bowling green were established for this purpose. The landscape of the site is significant as an embodiment of this approach to mental health care.
Objects and Elements: Bloomfield Hospital
Bloomfield Hospital has a vast collection of Conifer species, including Cedrus deodar, Cedrus atlantica, Cupressus sempervirens and Pinus radiata. In addition to the Conifer collection a variety of deciduous trees and some Palms are located throughout the grounds. The Elm avenue and grounds are Schedule 8 Heritage Items of Local Significance in the Orange Local Environment Plan 2000.
Bloomfield Hospital comprises a number of separate buildings spread throughout the grounds, affording each the amenity of a garden setting. Nymagee Lodge is a Schedule 8 Heritage Item of State Significance in the Orange Local Environment Plan 2000.