Story: Thermal pools and spas

Advertising Queen Mary Hospital

Advertising Queen Mary Hospital

A services hospital built at Hanmer during the First World War became Queen Mary Hospital, which from 1921 was run by the Health Department. In the 1920s and 1930s the hospital catered for convalescents and people suffering from nervous complaints. Bathing in thermal pools seems to have been an accepted treatment, as this advertisement suggests, along with healthy outdoor pursuits such as hunting and fishing.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-A-TOURISM-Hanmer-1925-01-04

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Thermal pools and spas - Health benefits', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 November 2021)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006