Historic maternity hospital site at 315 Lorne Road for sale

Photo of the historic homestead located on Lorne Road. Photo: Graeme Beeforth.
Photo of the historic homestead located on Lorne Road. Photo: Graeme Beeforth.

The old historic homestead located on 315 Lorne Road was a hive of activity in its heyday.

The Kendall property was settled in 1885 by Mary Bucton and her husband Robert James (Jim).

According to a Kendall Heritage Society publication, in 1919 a new building was established by Jim Bucton at the location. It was partially utilised as a maternity hospital.

The building from 1919 still stands today.

Camden Haven resident Bob Bucton's great aunt was Mary Bucton. As a nurse Mary helped deliver babies and treated many other ailments.

"She would have helped people who lived in the Lorne, Comboyne and Kendall area," Bob said.

The Kendall property was settled in 1885 by Mary Bucton and her husband Robert James (Jim).The building from 1919 still stands. Photo: Graeme Beeforth.

The Kendall property was settled in 1885 by Mary Bucton and her husband Robert James (Jim).The building from 1919 still stands. Photo: Graeme Beeforth.

"That's (the property) where people would have gone to get their broken arms patched up."

Bob's grandfather was Alf Bucton. Alf was married to Mary's sister, Jane.

In 1917 Alf established a slaughter house at the location, along with Harold Smith.

The men traded under the name of Bucton and Smith Butchery and Auctioneers until 1926 when it moved to River Street in Kendall.

An outline of the property. Graphic: Graeme Beeforth.

An outline of the property. Graphic: Graeme Beeforth.

Technology within the medical industry has come leaps and bounds in 100 years.

Bob said the motto for residents in the 1900s would have been 'don't get sick', as it would have been difficult for majority of residents to obtain medical attention quickly.

"There was a doctor who came by horse from Taree one week and the other came from Port Macquarie the next," he said.

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