RCH150 Timeline: 1980

1986: Murdoch Institute founded

Paediatrician Professor David Danks established the original Murdoch Institute, with the support of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, her family and others including the late Sir Jack Brockhoff and the Miller family.

Professor Danks’ vision for an independent genetic research institute grew from a handful of researchers to become a world-class centre of genetics research and clinical genetics services.

In early 2000, under the leadership of Chairman Mr Laurie Cox and Director Professor Bob Williamson, the Murdoch Institute and The Royal Children’s Hospital Research Institute merged to form the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, with a broader focus on child health research, including public health and clinical research.

Professor David Danks, date unknown
The Royal Children’s Hospital; Parkville, Victoria
Gelatin silver photograph

1989: The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation is established

The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation (for fundraising) is established.

It’s first task was to raise funds for the hospital’s capital works program to expand the hospital.