Story: Voluntary welfare organisations

Lady Plunket

Lady Plunket

The Plunket Society, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of babies and their mothers, was named after Victoria Alexandrina, Lady Plunket, wife of the governor of New Zealand. This 1905 portrait of her holding a child encapsulates the ideals of the society, which was formed in 1907. It was another national voluntary organisation that attracted government funding.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, S. P. Andrew Collection (PAColl-3739)
Reference: 1/1-014571-G
Photograph by Stanley Polkinghorne Andrew

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Margaret Tennant, 'Voluntary welfare organisations - Welfare services expand, 1890s–1930s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 June 2021)

Story by Margaret Tennant, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 18 Sep 2018