History of AMMPT

The Sun Rises for AMMPT at Sunset Hospital. AMMPT has been given the opportunity to use part of former Sunset Hospital.

Sunset Hospital

Site to be completely restored

The Sunset Hospital complex is one of the largest early 20th century public health facilities in Western Australia. This unique riverside complex is a fine example of a 1904 residential institution, designed to reflect the palliative care needs of inmates of the era, and where the buildings remains intact today. The hospital was closed in 1995, and now several of the buildings are heritage listed. Sunset hospital was classified by the National Trust in 1993 and entered on the State’s Heritage Register in 1997.

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Sunset Hospital occupies a unique site neighbouring the Swan River mid way between Perth and Fremantle on an escarpment. Being a headland, it possesses sweeping views to the east and south over the expansive Swan estuary to the Darling Range. The site has been owned by the State – Crown since 1830 and is one of the first A class permanent reserves in the State. It consists of original hospital wards, mortuary, kitchen, infirmary, cinema/hall – with vintage 1904 limestone buildings. Included in the site are over a 100 year old majestic trees, and native bushland. It is a tranquil and inspiring place which can be seen from many vantage points around the Swan River.

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Keith Rutherford and Graeme Lacey inspect one of the many buildings (All photos courtesy of Daryl Binning) WA Premier Colin Barnett revealed on Thursday 10th January, 2012, that the state government had committed $275,000 to plan for a staged restoration of the 8.5 hectare site, which has essentially been vacant since its decommissioning in 1995.

Keith Rutherford and Graeme Lacey

Keith Rutherford and Graeme Lacey

Mr Barnett said the government will pay for this by selling a 1,500 square metre parcel of land at the edge of the site on Iris Avenue, believed to be worth as much as $10 million.

 

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Graeme Lacey and Keith Rutherford

 

Under the plan all heritage buildings would be retained and made available to charitable organisations, arts groups and events. This may include an art gallery and some buildings converted into a cafe or bar restaurant area.

Sunset Hall bio box end (Hall/Cinema is used by ScreenWest)

Sunset Hall bio box end (Hall/Cinema is used by ScreenWest)

The Australian Museum of Motion Picture and Television (AMMPT) is one of a number of not for profit groups allocated a particular building or space at the complex and will need to work in harmony with those organisations already in residence.

Sunset Hall stage and screen (Hall/Cinema is used by ScreenWest)

Sunset Hall stage and screen (Hall/Cinema is used by ScreenWest)

Under the coordination of AMMPT members Graeme Lacey, with assistance from Keith Rutherford, work is continuing on the preparation of the Sunset Hospital facility for eventual storage use of the museum’s national collection items.
The AMMPT Team cleaning up

The AMMPT Team cleaning up

A portion of the site is to be licenced to AMMPT Western Region by ScreenWest. Vikki Barr, the Locations and Film Services Manager for ScreenWest has met with AMMPT Western Region president John Fuhrmann and advised the process of drawing up the contract is underway. There are a number of agencies or persons involved namely, the Minister, Colliers, Building Management and Works, ScreenWest and conveyance lawyers, so a precise timeframe for receipt of the licence is difficult to determine. The activities by AMMPT National president Daryl Binning over the past few years are eventually going to bear fruit.