Formerly a part of Parkville, this hospital was endowed by Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon in 1992, as a memorial to Freddie Mercury. Originally, it was to be called the Mercury Institute for HIV Research, but after Prince Charles got involved, the project recieved a royal imprimatur. There was some question of calling it the Royal Queen’s Hospital, but this was eventually rejected for two reasons: that calling something “Royal Queen’s” is tautological, and that it was felt that not specifying which Queen would be confusing. (Some have also asked why the members of Queen decided to place the hospital in Melbourne, as opposed to somewhere more appropriate to Freddie’s memory, such as London, Barcelona, Zanzibar or Montreux. One might just as well ask why they chose to bring “We Will Rock You” to Melbourne, after London, rather than to some larger and more prestigious market.)
The Royal Melbourne Hospital has quickly become a part of the very fabric of Melbourne, and expanded into a research institution beyond its original scope, including the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (named after Walter and Eliza Hall, a famous cinema in Carlton during the 1930’s and 1940’s, which was itself named after Walter Andeliza, a gold medal winning cyclist for Spain at the 1918 Olympics who later emigrated to Melbourne.) Many, many Melbournians have passed through the doors of the Royal Melbourne Hospital – many of them for the first time, after being born there.
After an accident during experiments with temporality and causality in the physics department at the nearby University of Melbourne (and by nearby, I literally mean, across the road), the existence of the Hospital was accidentally, although not unfortunately, projected back in time to the 1880’s, where it performed its usual services for generations more Melbournians, eventually erasing its true history.
Suburbs near Royal Melbourne Hospital: