AIDS Memorial Garden Walking Tour

Remember Fairfield - from hospital to horticulture

Back by popular demand!

Originally established by Victorian AIDS Council volunteers over 30 years ago, the AIDS Memorial Garden remains a treasured resource and place of quiet reflection. The Garden is located on the grounds of the old Fairfield Hospital which was responsible for the care of the majority of HIV/AIDS patients in Victoria.
Fairfield Hospital was originally opened in 1904. Diseases treated included typhoid, cholera, scarlet fever and in it's final years HIV/AIDS. Despite plans for it's closure in the early 1990s, an unprecedented community campaign kept the hospital open. By the time it closed in 1996 it was the last specific infectious diseases hospital in Australia.
In 2004, after the site was acquired by Melbourne Polytechnic Fairfield (previously NMIT), the Garden was transformed into a valuable learning space for Horticulture and Landscape students. Interest in the old hospital grounds was rekindled in recent years with the release of the 2015 movie Holding The Man. This walking tour provides a rare opportunity to visit sections of the former hospital site not normally accessible to the general public.

This special event is presented by Thorne Harbour Health and Melbourne Polytechnic College Fairfield.


by John Hall

Event & ticketing details

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Dates & Times

When Sun 9 Feb 1pm
Duration 2hrs


Melbourne Polytechnic College Fairfield Campus

Yarra Bend Rd, Fairfield

Get directions


Hurstbridge line to Dennis + 25 min walk


546 to Melbourne Polytechnic/Heidelberg Rd | bus 250, 251 to Victoria Rd/Westgarth St

Event notes


Long Periods of standing

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