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History of Bondi Junction Vet
The Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital was built in 1934 as the practice and residence of Major Norman Larkin a 1926 graduate of the University of Sydney.
In 1934 when this hospital was built Australia was only starting to recover from the Great Depression. Unemployment rates were still very high. The lack of money meant that cheap or public entertainment was everything. People were obsessed with horse racing (Norman Larkin was in one of the few growth industries) and sport in general. The beaches were crowded and cinemas were full as people sought escape from desperate situations.
It was not until after the Second World War that vets could consider making a living from small animals. The small animal side of the Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital grew under the direction of Major Larkin who also diversified into dog and cat boarding. He brought up his family in the flat upstairs and his daughter was married from the Veterinary Hospital in 1964.
In the mid 1960s Robert Steel, who like many vets of the time had been indentured to the Department of Agriculture as a new graduate and then travelled and worked in England, heard that Major Larkin was planning to retire. He purchased the practice in 1968 and from then on it was a primarily small animal veterinary hospital. Robert Steel was also a Sydney graduate. The practice thrived under Dr Steels’ compassionate care and became a model small animal practice.
There has also been a succession of vets and veterinary nurses through the practice. Many have gone on to travel, further their studies and set up businesses. Many of these people are still in regular contact. If you have a connection to us we would love to hear from you.
And for those who didn't believe her, here is a photo of Islay Anderson, a British Veterinary Nurse who worked with us while on a working holiday. She really wanted to be on the website to prove that she worked at the vet hospital where “Bondi Vet” was filmed. Job done, Islay!
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