AMHS is now in its 60th year

2024 Lectures 

2 May, 4 July, 5 September, 7  November 

Click on dates for Programme

Next meeting 

Thursday 4 July  2024 at 7pm  

Dementia- Coming of Age 

Ngaire Kerse 

Medical Students - two presentations on medical history

  (Details TBC) 

Special Interest Talk at 6.15 pm




See Archives / Lectures for slides. (Photos JM) 
See 2024 Programme for abstracts and biographies 


Meeting 2 May 2024 
John Collins; Neil Anderson with Ben Kingsbury; Neil Anderson with Tim Cundy  



Meeting 14 March 2024  
From right: Poul Nielsen, Neil Anderson with Felicity Goodyear-Smith, Cris Print   


Recent publications

To see more  recent publications click on link above 

Jock Caughey: Physician and Humanitarian 

Neil Anderson

2023 Mary Egan Publishing

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The Best Country to GIve Birth? 

Midwifery, Homebirth and the Politics of Maternity in Aotearoa New Zealand, 1970–2022.

Short listed for the 2024 Ernest Scott Prize, an award for the best history book published in Australia or New Zealand over the past year.

Linda Bryder

  2023 Auckland University Press
Click on respective book titles for details


2023 Highlights 

Thanks to all our presenters who contributed to a lively and very successful 2023 Lecture Series. We especially thank those who have contibuted to our Special Interest Talks. 


President's Report

AGM Minutes 

Selected Archives (from 2021) 

Click on respective headings for details 
Final meeting November 2023 (Photos JM) 
Left: Cardiac pacing, William Bowman & Jerusalem: Ross Blair
Centre: The Founders' Lecture- Sir William Liley: Peter Stone
Right: Special Interest Talk- stories of heart valves: Alan Kerr  



Meeting 7 September 2023 (All photos JM)
Left: David Black with Neil Anderson. Right George Foote
                    Centre: Some of the 76 people in the audience 


 Special interest talk: Thomas Moore Philson  (presented by Iain Wakefield) 
Below: Asst. Surgeon Thomas Philson's trunk, 58th Rutlandshire Regiment.  (EMDL Collection)  

 Assistant Surgeon Philson, 58th Regiment


AMHS Medical History Prize Winners 

2022  Danielle van Dalen

2023 Nadija Palinich 

  Click on Archives to read essays /see  list of previous prize winners 


"Medical Memorabilia-an intriguing library & museum" 

 The EMDL collections
An intereview with Neil Anderson. Click on: 
 Ingenio Spring 2021 Alumni
Scroll down to p.32 
(Courtesy University of Auckland)

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Student presenter Megan Kuan- History of the Anti- Vaccine Movement (July 2023) IMG_3954.jpeg

July 2023 Student presentations. (Photos JM) 
Megan Kuan - History of the Anti- Vaccine Movement,
Claudia Hall - A History of Lobotomy  


 No subscription, meetings free. Instead we depend on donations to support the continuation of the Society. 

Our thanks  to those who support & continue to donate online or via a koha at meetings.  

Click on link above to see how to donate.

A new Health Museum for Aotearoa New Zealand entirely in a digital space

See  Our Health Journeys


2022 Visitors from Auckland Museum viewing some of the books in EMDL collection with Victoria Bell, EMDL librarian (centre) (Photo JM)  


New Zealand WW1 Medical Practitioners 

Collaborating with the Auckland War Memorial Museum Online Cenotaph team, Dr Pat Clarkson has compiled a record of more than  500 New Zealand doctors who served in WW1. 

 NZ Doctors WW1 or Auckland Museum
Click on heading above, then search icon (screen top right)
enter NZ Doctors WW1
New Zealand WW1 Nurses 

Auckland Hospital nurse Charlotte (Lottie) Le Gallais was one 10 nurses selected  to serve on the first voyage of the New Zealand hospital ship Maheno in July 1915. Five hundred and fifty New Zealand registered nurses served overseas with the New Zealand Army Nursing Service (NZANS).  

Click on  Auckland Museum link, then on "Search"  (top right screen) - enter "NZ Nurses WW1" 
(Lottie Le Gallais - photo Auckland Museum Online Cenotaph) 
Charlotte Le Gallias (source Auckland Museum Online Cenotaph)
WW1 New Zealand Medical Services (Photo National Library of NZ).
 Below: Hospital ship Maheno with signatures of the New Zealand  Medical Corps (NZMC)  and nurses (NZANS) on board. (Photo EMDL collection) 
Hospital ship Maheno
WW1  Operating theatre No 1 NZ General Hospital, Brockenhurst. (Photo Auckland Museum file)  
Above: WW1 NZ Dental Corp (Photo Auckland Museum file)
Below: Coats of Arms of universities and medical colleges. (EMDL collection. Photo JM)  


80th Anniversary of Cornwall Hospital

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(Photos  JM): Heritage Day 24 February 2024 Commemorating Cornwall Hospital. Peter Stone & Judy Murphy. Below: a small group who were born at Cornwall Hospital) 

The  39th General Hospital was built by Fletcher Construction for the US Army in Cornwall Park in 1943. In 1945 the 1000 bed/ 48 ward  hospital was vacated by the Americans. The 123 pre-fabricated buildings were then taken over by the Auckland Hospital Board to establish Cornwall Hospital, the Obstetric & Gynaecological Unit (renamed National Women's Hospital in 1955) and the Cornwall Park Geriatric Hospital.  Click on links to: 

                      (Isabella Wensley, Auckland History Initiative.)

39th General Hospital

 Cornwall Park c. 1943 (File photo)
Below: July 2023 James Newman Lecture. Bring Back the Cane presented by John Cullen. Photo with AMHS president Neil Anderson. (Photos JM) 
Special Interest talk- with curator Juliet Hawkins, veiwing the contents of the c.1880 Homeopathic Medicine Chest  (Photo JM)