TUNNEL BETWEEN ROYAL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
AND ROYAL MELBOURNE HOSPITAL
ALONG FLEMINGTON ROAD
MELBOURNE, VICTORIA

 

There is a service tunnel running under Flemington Road in Melbourne, Victoria between the Royal Children's Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital. There are apparently three to 4 ventilation shafts that come up in the middle of Flemington Road.

The tunnel is about 700 metres long by 2 metres high, by about 1.5 metres wide and has concrete slabs as its roof. In some places the tunnel narrows where the roof has been re-inforced. The tunnel has been used as a service tunnel to transfer steam for heating and sterilisation from Royal Melbourne Hospital to the Royal Children's Hospital. There are three large steam pipes running along the length of the tunnel.

One of the issues with this tunnel is that no-one seems to want to take ownership of it. The Royal Children's Hospital opened in 1963 and the tunnel apparently existed before then. Associate Professor Julie Willis, an architectural historian at the University of Melbourne, believes the tunnel was built in the late 1950s.

I was contacted by Michael Wynd on 15 May 2020. Michael told me that his grandfather William "Bill" Wynd had a crew of Greek and Italians who helped him to dig the tunnel with picks, shovels and explosives and a plumb bob to make sure they were going straight. Michael told me that the two people who "Wild Bill" took through the tunnels were his two sons, one of which was Michael's father. They have both passed away. "Wild Bill" kept working there after he retired because he was the only one who knew where everything was.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I'd like to thank Michael Wynd and Peter Barrett for their assistance with this web page.

 

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