The Maddicks family estate has been supporting the Daylesford Hospital since 1999 thanks to family friend and executor Tim Byrne, who recently donated $100k, bringing the total giving to an incredible $273k.

This latest donation will be used to purchase essential equipment for use in the hospital’s acute care facility and operating theatre.

The Maddicks family arrived in Daylesford during the early gold rush days of the 1850s, where three generations lived and worked.  Henry Jnr (Harry), Margaret (Peggy) and Kevin were the children of Henry and Anastasia Maddicks. Henry Snr ran the Delta Photographic Studios from 1906 for over 60 years, and many of his treasured photos are archived at the Daylesford Museum.


Harry was a keen radio enthusiast and established a shop selling radios and household electrical appliances, and he continued to run the photographic business after his father’s death.

Kevin, who joined the war effort, was sadly killed while on service in New Guinea in 1945.

Their sister, Peggy, was an active tennis club member and quietly involved with many community groups.

None of the siblings married, and although private and reserved, they were actively volunteered in many of the community organisations and causes. Harry was particularly interested in assisting the WWII refugees from the Baltic states at the Bullarto camp.

Central Highlands Rural Health’s Fundraising Committee Chair, Kate Redwood, was absolutely delighted to receive such a significant donation from this much-loved Daylesford family.

“How wonderful that their legacy lives on nearly 25 years after their passing.  I’m sure many Daylesford locals will remember Harry and Peggy fondly,” she said.

“They had an incredible impact on the community while they were alive and continue contributing to the well-being of Daylesford residents through their estate.”

Central Highlands Rural Health’s mission is to provide the best care to every person, every time.  We continue to focus on fundraising for medical equipment upgrades, resident and patient resources, facility upgrades, and staff learning and development in line with this mission.

Every donation helps to improve the health and well-being of our community.  Can you give a gift to Central Highlands Rural Health?  Donation and fundraising enquiries from individuals, community groups and businesses are always welcome.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch with Kathryn Kosloff, Fundraising Manager, on (03) 5321 6555 or via