The Alexandra Guild House nursing home was established in 1954 and was used as an aged care retirement home for elderly women.
In 2007, it merged with Cowper Care and the residents were moved to different premises. Before doing so, the staff left a bunch of documents behind in one of the rooms. The only reason I knew this, is because when I climbed through the window to get into this property, I landed on a huge, soft pile of something. At first, I thought it was a pile of pigeon poop like I experienced at the historic Boland’s Mill, but no, this time it was a pile of very important documents belonging to former patients.
The pile of documents consisted of family photographs, letters written or received by the women, birth certificates and diaries belonging to some of the nurses. There was enough documents there for someone to obtain false identities and have access to unsuspecting peoples’ bank accounts.
I ended up contacting the new premises to make them aware of what they had left behind and returned the documents to them within a week.