Derelict it is now, but in it's "day" the residents who lived there were looked after with care ad empathy. I lived in Humphrey Street running alongside the facility, and during my time in New Norfolk met many nurses and other staff who worked there....they described how there were outings, birthday parties, swimming galas in the resident swimming pool, and there was also a bowling green. At one point a local real estate company looked at turning buildings into a retirement complex but didn't happen. Then they tried to sell off the buildings independently but all the sewage and other services were interconnected so that would have been all too hard.
There was a house for "wayward girls" on the premises where parents would pay to have their child incarcerated for whatever reason, and also a "boys house" The most attractive building is the old Nurses Quarters, and the Willow tree in front of that was planted by a dignitary. The Square has buildings with a lead roof and no windows....doors are painted on...this is where electric "treatments" too place and also the docter's quarters.
it was a tragedy when all the people living there were integrated with the community at large...totally unused to seeing to themselves....but then this happened all over Australia.
so there was a very caring side to Willow Court...no doubt the other side did exist.
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