Adelaide’s infamous ‘Z Ward’

Several weeks ago I along with several thousand others had the opportunity to take a walk around ‘Z Ward’ behind the Glenside Hospital.   Originally known as L Ward (but changed due to concerns it would be called ‘Hell Ward’) Z Ward over the years had a reputation for housing amongst others, the ‘criminally insane’. This amazing old building has been purchased by a mining company and is set to become offices for it. The company is keen to retain the building’s heritage and had a recent open day that was so over-subscribed, a second day was held. Here are some snapshots I took wandering around with hundreds of others. It would be great to take some time and properly compose some shots however there was a real need to get as many people through as possible so that everyone who had queued up for quite some time had an opportunity to see inside.
One of the photos in this gallery has also been cropped with a close up of the building wall showing the grooves left by inmates from their fingers as they walked around the building dragging their hands along the wall. It’s quite disturbing when you see it.

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