Hospital history volunteer honoured

Honoured: John Crompton presents Anna Munyard with a certificate for her dedicated work in preserving the history of the Victor Harbor Hospital. Photo: Jack Manning.
Honoured: John Crompton presents Anna Munyard with a certificate for her dedicated work in preserving the history of the Victor Harbor Hospital. Photo: Jack Manning.

The Southern Fleurieu Health Advisory Council has presented volunteer Anna Munyard with a certificate recognising her service to the hospital over almost twenty years, including her ongoing research work, ahead of the Victor Harbor Hospital's upcoming centenary.

For many years Ms Munyard has been a volunteer at the hospital and a member of the South Coast District Hospital Auxiliary. She has dedicated much of her time recently to researching and preserving the history of the hospital.

At a meeting of the History Committee of the Advisory Council held at the Victor Harbor Library, committee member John Crompton recognised Ms Munyard for her tireless work and presented her with a certificate signed by the Minister for Human Services.

In doing so he commented that the certificate was "a small thing in itself, but it represents the thoughts and best wishes of the many who have worked with you and the many who have benefited from your input at the South Coast District Hospital over almost twenty years."

Ms Munyard said she felt undeserving of being singled out, but agreed the work she was engaged in was certainly important.

"It's an honour to be recognised and I'm very grateful," she said.

"The centenary of the hospital is coming up in 2029 and we are working towards getting a history published.

"My primary role is to catalogue the hospital collection. We also hope to secure donations from members of the community. These can include photos and personal accounts of involvement with the hospital in any capacity.

"We are looking at producing a written history to publish in time for the centenary, as well as an exhibit or display of historical items of interest."

Ms Munyard described her involvement with the hospital for many years as "significant".

"I really love it. It's something I've had a bit of training in and it's a passion in a way. It can be a very tough job, it can be very rewarding, very frustrating and it is very time consuming," she said.

"Putting things from the past into context is what's important to me."

Over the years, Ms Munyard said she has enjoyed working with other volunteers.

"Like any group, you have your ups and downs, but I've met and worked with some lovely people and I wouldn't have kept going for so long if that wasn't the case.

"The biggest satisfaction for me though, will be seeing the history published."