Story: Mental health services

Recreation at Porirua Hospital

Recreation at Porirua Hospital

This carefully posed photograph shows stylish and attractive patients, staff and possibly an outside community group enjoying a game of bowls at Porirua Hospital, Wellington, around 1956. In that period medical authorities encouraged people to refer themselves for treatment at an early stage of mental illness.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, D. Squires Collection
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How to cite this page:

Warwick Brunton, 'Mental health services - Psychiatric hospitals, 1940s to 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 September 2022)

Story by Warwick Brunton, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 5 May 2022