Lady Campion Hostel (fmr)


City of Busselton

Place Number



27 Adelaide St Busselton

Location Details

Local Government



South West

Construction Date

Constructed from 1926

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
Heritage List YES 13 Aug 2014
State Register Registered 01 Oct 1999 HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument, HCWebsite.Listing+ListingDocument

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Classified by the National Trust Classified 12 Nov 2001
Municipal Inventory Adopted 13 Aug 2014 Category 1
Municipal Inventory Adopted 20 Jun 1996 Category 1

Statement of Significance

Lady Campion Hostel, a single storey brick and iron building in the Inter-War California Bungalow style, has cultural heritage significance for its close associations with the Group Settlement Scheme and the influx of settlers in the area that necessitated the construction of a hostel for expectant mothers. The place has strong links with the Bush Nursing Society who through the Bush Nursing Trust provided the funds and infrastructure to construct the building. Also the place has historical significance as it represents a changing attitude to childbirth whereby it was recognised that hospitals provided a safer environment of both mother and babies and was one of only five such hostels built in Western Australia. The place also represents recognition of the needs of Group Settlers and attempts to alleviate some of the hardships they experience and contributes to the community’s sense of place for its role in health and welfare. Finally the place has historical importance for its links with the British Red Cross who provided the initial funding to establish the Bush Nursing Society in Western Australia.

Physical Description

A gable roofed Inter-War California Bungalow style building with a broken pitch verandah on two sides. Verandah has decorative timberwork. A single storey brick, stucco and pebble dash render building with an iron roof in the Inter- War California Bungalow style in an open garden setting. The front façade has a deep verandah with a dominating pebble dashed and half timbered gable with a central ventilator. It has side verandahs and timber joinery.


Lady Campion Hostel was built for the Bush Nursing Society which was developed to serve the needs of World War I veterans and in particular their wives in country areas. The Society and the bush Nursing Trust provided the funds to build and operate the place. The hostel took in pregnant women when a hospital could not be reached in time for birth and gave women access to proper medical facilities where previous none had existed. The place was opened in 1926 and named after the Governor’s wife, Lady Campion. Closure was first canvassed in 1937, but the place continued in use, though at diminished rates of occupancy as transport improved. The trust amalgamated with the Silver Chain and ceased to operate in 1947 and the place became and infant health centre in that year.


The place retains a high degree of integrity. The place retains a high degree of authenticity.



Other Reference Numbers

Ref Number Description
533482 Landgate Pin
30 Reference No.

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use HEALTH Office or Administration Bldg
Present Use RESIDENTIAL Institutional Housing
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Institutional Housing

Architectural Styles

Inter-War California Bungalow

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall BRICK Rendered Brick

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Community services & utilities
OUTSIDE INFLUENCES World Wars & other wars

Creation Date

05 Feb 1997

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Last Update

30 Jul 2019


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