Princess Margaret Hospital for Children

Based in Subiaco, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (PMH) was Western Australia’s fist dedicated children’s hospital before Perth Children’s Hospital replaced the 108 year old facility in 2017.

Throughout its life, PMH was at the forefront of many medical breakthroughs as well as providing a caring place for patients and their families.

The history of PMH dates back to 1897, when a young girl gave threepence to Perth businessman Charles Moore and said she would like to donate it to the children’s hospital.

In 1909, after 12 years of fundraising and lobbying efforts, the girl’s wish came true when Perth’s Children’s Hospital opened to the public. The original facilities included 40 beds, an operating theatre and outpatient department.  It was renamed Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in 1949, after Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth II.

While PMH underwent many renovations over the years, WA’s rapidly growing and changing population meant more room was needed. It was determined that building a new, purpose built children's hospital would better address the community's future paediatric health needs.

At its closure, PMH had approximately 220 beds and served more than 280,000 patients per year.

Saying goodbye to PMH

Before the opening of Perth Children’s Hospital, PMH and Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation organised a number of commemorative events to acknowledge the hospital’s contribution to the community of WA. 

Watch the video below to see highlights from the PMH Commemorative Events.