Mannum District Hospital reveal new centenary plaque

Up to 200 people attended the Mannum District Hospital's (MDH) unveiling of the centenary plaque on Sunday, October 24, 2021.

The newly unveiled plaque was to commemorate the 100 years of service the hospital has delivered.

The hospital was officially opened on October 22, 1921 by Lady Weigall. The land for the hospital was given by Captain J G Arnold of Mannum.

Descendants of Captain Arnold, attended along with MC for the event, Dr. Peter Joyner.

Dr Joyner is still practicing after 45 years of dedication to MDH and community.

Mannum District Hospital Centenary Committee chairperson, Jenni London said it was a wonderful day out for all in attendance.

"We invited around 80 formal invitations for the event on the day," Ms London said.

"Other community members showed and sauntered around looking at the historical aspects of the hospital. We had around an excess of 200 people attend which was fantastic."

One group has put in a lot of work to help raise funds for the hospital and Jenni said they have been absolutely outstanding in their tireless work.

"The Mannum District Hospital Auxiliary president gave a speech and let everyone know that in the last 12 months alone, they had raised $120,000 toward the hospital," Ms London said.

"Along with since its inception that overall half a million dollars has been raised. They have a shop off the main street in Mannum.

"They work very hard and are extremely creative."

Michael Arnold, grandson of the founder and donor Captain Arnold had the honour of unveiling the centenary plaque.

He had several of his siblings and descendants by his side while doing so and it was quite the sight to behold.

"It was a fantastic sight to see it unveiled," Ms London said.

"A lot of community spirit and donations went into making it all possible. I was very, very pleased with the outcome.

"We also had five volunteer students from the Mannum Community College who lowered a time capsule which is buried behind the monument.

"Content such as letters from grade three students were placed inside the capsule along with photographs, and memorabilia from the hospital's first 100 years. We also added newspapers that were released on the day.

"The capsule will be dug up in 50 years time."

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