Surgeon’s House

Overview

The Surgeon’s House was built for Dr. Francis Bennett and his wife Elizabeth c1845. For 60 years Dr. Bennett performed all the functions of the local country doctor, from treating illness to emergency surgery. Dr. Bennett is remembered for campaigning against ’modern female dress and … the pernicious practices of tight lacing and wearing high heeled boots for their negative effects on the ’human frame’.


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We acknowledge the Wonnarua People as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land within the Maitland Local Government Area. We pay respect to all Aboriginal Elders, past, present and future with a spiritual connection to these lands.