Z Ward – Behind the Walls

Z Ward - Behind the Walls

Date(s) - 10/10/2015
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Discover Adelaide’s newest heritage attraction- the notorious and notable Z Ward at the former Glenside Mental Hospital.  This guided tour introduces the magnificent architecture of this masterpiece by E J Woods, SA’s leading colonial architect and reveals life for the ‘criminally insane’ detained in the State’s most secure mental institution.

Z Ward in the former Glenside Mental Hospital complex is an important heritage building and one of the most significant intact architectural legacies within Australia of Victorian era attitudes to mental health and illness.  For almost 90 years Z Ward was home to those classified as “criminally insane” on the overlapping edges of criminality and mental illness. Z Ward was designed by preeminent South Australian colonial architect E J Woods as an innovative and thoughtful response to a social problem.

One of the particularly significant features is the Ha Ha wall which shielded the inmates from those passing without the need for added security measures at the top, the wall effectively being twice as high on the inside. After the last patients were moved out in 1973, the building narrowly escaped demolition.

In 2014 it was opened for the first time for public tours by the National Trust of South Australia.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.fad.org.au/#!z-ward—behind-the-walls/c1x9k


Z Ward, original Glenside Hospital

Location Details
Z Ward, original Glenside Hospital Conyngham Street Glenside

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