Medical stories from Waikirikiri Selwyn District
Kā Kōrero o Waikirikiri Selwyn Stories has an amazing repository of local histories of Waikirikiri Selwyn District in Canterbury. Explore some of the medical and health stories from the district by clicking on the links below.
Lincoln Maternity Hospital was opened in 1927 by Jessie, Lady Rhodes. Sadly the hospital did not quite make it to its' hundredth birthday and closed in 2022. Click here to read about Lincoln Maternity Hospital.
Many nurses from Aotearoa New Zealand contributed to the war effort in the First World War. Canterbury nurses were no different.
Fanny Abbott from Southbridge survived the sinking of the SS Marquette in Greek waters in 1915, but three Canterbury nurses were amongst those that lost their lives. Click here to read more about Fanny's war experience.
Jessie Scott was born in Brookside, Canterbury at a time where women were not allowed to train as doctors in Aotearoa. Because of this, she moved to Scotland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1909. After working for a time in Scotland, Jessie returned home for a brief period before her skills were required back in Europe.
Click here to read more about Jessie's life, including her capture during the First World War when working on the Eastern Front for the Scottish Women's Hospitals for Foreign Service.