Story: Disability and disability organisations

William Downie Stewart

William Downie Stewart

While serving in the First World War, politician and lawyer William Downie Stewart suffered an attack of rheumatism, which eventually left him unable to walk. This disability did not stop him becoming a minister in William Massey's 1920s Reform government, or serving as finance minister under Gordon Coates and George Forbes. Here, he is being pushed in his wheelchair along a London street during a visit to meet financiers in 1932.

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Martin Sullivan, 'Disability and disability organisations - Care until the early 20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2023)

Story by Martin Sullivan, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 12 Jul 2018