Story: Women’s health

Christchurch Hospital nurses

Christchurch Hospital nurses

Women’s involvement in health matters took many forms in the 19th and early 20th centuries. They were generally responsible for the health and home nursing of family members, and many alternative practitioners were women. From the later 19th century, women increasingly took over hospital nursing, and began to train as doctors. Shown here are nurses at Christchurch Hospital in 1913.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Steffano Webb Collection (PAColl-3061)
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Photograph by Steffano Francis Webb

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How to cite this page:

Megan Cook, 'Women’s health - Women’s health activism, 1840 to 1940s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2024)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011