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royal Alexandra children's hospital mural relocation


Project name

Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital mural relocation 


Farindon Constructions


Building Conservation, Paintings Conservation 


This project involved ICS conserving and relocating a series of painted Pixie O'Harris murals on the wall of the former Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital admissions building in Camperdown, Sydney. The murals were painted by Pixie O'Harris in the 1940s, and remained on display for many years before being painted over some years prior to the relocation of the hospital to Westmead. As part of the building redevelopment, ICS was engaged to conserve the murals and supervise their relocation from and upper level into the main foyer of the building. 


  • Removal of paint layers covering mural to reveal mural detail
  • Consolidation of paint surface in preparation for removal from original location
  • Application of Japanese tissue paper backing, foam backing and timber shoring
  • Design and fabrication of metal support lifting structure
  • Removal of five separate mural panels and transportation on 'A' frames to storage
  • Reinstallation of murals to foyer on completion of building redevelopment

 Pixie OHarris mural

 During treatment

Pixie OHarris mural paint removal during treatment

Removing paint layers during treatment

Pixie OHarris mural (detail) - during treatment

After paint removal

Pixie OHarris mural during treatment

During treatment

International Conservation Services is Australia’s largest private fine art conservation business.  Our main office and conservation workshops are located in Sydney, we have staff in Canberra and Melbourne, and we are able to work on site throughout Australia.  We provide a full range of art restoration services, including antique restoration, paintings restoration, sculpture conservation, archaeological conservation, furniture restoration, conservation of works of art on paper, textiles and objects conservation.  We work on architectural finishes and built elements in heritage buildings, structures, monuments and war memorials.  We provide condition assessments, and carry out hands-on conservation and restoration work.  We consult on issues of collection management, preventive conservation and museum planning, and have particular expertise in the management of environmental conditions in buildings housing collections.  Our associated business, Smarttrack RFID, provides a range of asset and visitor tracking solutions for museums, art galleries, libraries and archives.