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Auckland Hospital, 1850s

Auckland's first hospital was built in 1847. It and Wellington Hospital were the first public hospitals in New Zealand. They treated both European and Māori patients, the latter for free. Governor George Grey believed that offering free hospital care to Māori would help assimilate them into European society. The Auckland building had four large wards that could accommodate 8 to 10 patients, two smaller wards with five beds, and a room with one bed. Other facilities included a surgery, a kitchen, a loft and two apartments for staff.

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Linda Bryder, 'Hospitals - Establishment of hospitals in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2023)

Story by Linda Bryder, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 13 Jun 2018, updated 1 Jul 2022