Sister Slipper’s gonna get you …

I’ve always been a fan of ghost stories and decaying buildings.

Fever Hospital

This past Saturday I ended up, along with my youngest sister and my mama, at the long-abandoned Fever Hospital in Wellington.

Fever Hospital

The heritage building has been given to the SPCA by Wellington City Council to use as a new home for its animal hospital and education centre.

Fever Hospital

Fever Hospital

Ahead of starting extensive renovations the SPCA volunteers ran tours of the building -all for the price of a small donation going to the charity.

Fever Hospital corridor

Opened in 1919 to treat TB and influenza sufferers, it was also home to people returning from the war. Later it was used as a chest hospital. Wellington Polytechnic’s Music Dept briefly used a wing in the late 1990s before it stood, abandoned, for the 10+ years.

Fever Hospital

We even got a ghost story or two! When standing in the room where they held corpses before moving them down the ramp at dusk or under the cover of darkness (as if that wasn’t creepy enough) they told us of Sister Slipper – a nurse during the 1970s who was known for, surprisingly, slippers. She’s been spotted about the place.

Fever Hospital

Of course, I don’t really believe in ghosts.

… not really.

Fever Hospital

Mum and Jayne Fever Hospital

Fever Hospital

Fever Hospital

Bolt at the Fever Hospital

Fever Hospital

Fever Hospital



  1. hungryandfrozen · May 18, 2013

    Amazingly spooky (all those creaky, rusty little details!) i love it. Also love the instagramming-family photo, very cute. Also: Fever Hospital is what I want to call my next band, etc.

  2. Queen Michelle · May 23, 2013

    Oh I do love that a creepy building! I’m desperate to get to an abandoned seminary nearish to where I live. It’s the most amazing Brutalist building where monks trained but only for 6 years, because they felt the Brutalist style of the building just didn’t suit. They just abandoned it. It’s utterly amazing, from what I’ve seen of photos. It’s in the middle of the countryside. This big, imposing concrete building, all overgrown and taken over my nature. You’d love it!

  3. A Fly Guy · May 24, 2013

    Love this collection thanks for sharing!

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