Story: Waikato region

Te Waikato Sanatorium

Te Waikato Sanatorium

These postcards are of Te Waikato Sanatorium, which provided care for tuberculosis patients and convalescing servicemen between 1903 and 1922. The sanatorium was located on a hill called Pukemako (later known as Sanatorium Hill) near Cambridge. The main building was a grand homestead originally built for the family of Daniel Thornton, who had owned the surrounding land. Fresh air was thought to be good for tuberculosis patients, so small shelters, which could be opened up to catch the breeze, were built on the hillside.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato region - Education and health', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, updated 1 Jul 2015